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Sea Wormwood Schnapps

Sea wormwood schnapps belongs to the very old, traditional and very popular schnappses here in Denmark and other Scandinavian countries.

It's a highly enjoyable schnapps with a pleasant bitter, aromatic and characteristic taste and wonderful, unique flavours. The colour is pale green.

Serve with seafoods, smoked and marinated herrings, smoked salmons, soups, stews or cold dishes such as the Danish smorgasbord.

Excellent as appetizer and after-dinner drink - or turned into a liqueur.

Sea wormwood schnapps blends very well with...

Or try this: Put half a lemon (well washed) in 70-75 centiliter sea wormwood schnapps. Let it steep for 24 hours in a dark place at room temperature. Filter and enjoy.


Sea Wormwood - Artemisia maritima

As mentioned before, sea wormwood schnapps is a highly popular schnapps here in Scandinavia. Has been for ages.

The same with schnapps based on Common Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium).

The first recipe I know of dates back to 1755.

There are very many ways to flavour schnapps, but with wormwoods the list of recipes is almost endless.

This recipe is based on sea wormwood, which - in my opinion - has a fuller and less pungent taste than common wormwood.

But do try to make both - you might like common wormwood better.


  • Use the young, flowering shoots of either sea wormwood or common wormwood.

  • If necessary, rinse them carefully.

  • Leave them to dry in the shadow - on paper towel.

  • Put 5-6 flowering shoots (5-10 centimeters long) into a clean glass jar with tight-fitting lid.

  • Add 70-75 centiliter clear, unflavoured vodka - 40% (80 proof).

  • Steep for 2-48 hours - in a dark place at room temperature,
    18-20°C (64-68°F).

  • Shake lightly and taste it from time to time.

  • Strain and filter your infusion into a clean glass bottle or jar with tight-fitting lid.

  • Store (age) for at least 1 year in a dark place at room temperature before serving.

Note: If for some reason you are not satisfied with your infusion, there are ways to adjust both taste and flavours - click here to see how.

Serve your sea wormwood schnapps at room temperature in suitable glasses. And remember to keep your schnapps bottle tightly closed and in a dark place before and between servings.