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Definition of Schnapps: Schnapps is a German Eau -de- Vie, produced with cereals, roots, or fruit. Most Schnapps is in fact, made with fruit, it can be made from apples, pears, peaches, apricots, damsons, sorb, cherries, plums, mirabelles, blackcurrant, raspberry, blackberry, or mint. Generally, Schnapps is produced from fresh fruit with stones or pips. In actual fact, to produce Schnapps the whole fruit is conserved whether it be the pulp, the skin, or the stone.
The Production of Schnapps
Schnapps is, therefore, an alcohol obtained through the distillation of a partially fermented mixture of fresh fruit. The fruit is placed in barrels for several months to allow it to ferment, then the liquid is put into a still to be distilled. The best Schnapps are distilled twice to increase the concentration of aromas. Finally, water is normally added to the Schnapps to adjust its alcohol content and then it is left to rest several months either in barrels or directly in the bottle. For information, Schnapps is very rarely vintage.
In the past, the Schnapseurs job was to produce Schnapps. To do this, Schnapseurs went from farm to farm with their still to help farmers produce their own Schnapps from their harvest.
A lot of Schnapps is produced from fruit marc whose juice has been extracted to make other food products. Schnapps, despite being made of fruit, is a translucent alcohol with an alcohol content, which varies according to the references and brands, between 40 and 55°. Authentic Schnapps does not contain sugar and is not flavoured, it must not be confused with other alcohols called Schnapps. In fact, the word Schnapps can be used in several countries in the world to designate a flavoured Eau-de-Vie. However, their method of production is not the same as the real Schnapps, as these “Schnapps” are not made from fermented fruit and can be sweetened or flavoured like Peach Schnapps or Caramel Schnapps.
There are no rules defining Schnapps at the moment. In addition, the name “Schnapps” is not protected. Types of Schnapps are protected like Swiss Kirsch or Kirsch de Fougerolles.
The Different types of Schnapps
There are several different types of Schnapps named after the product they originate from:
- Quetsch or Questschel is Schnapps made with damsons
- Kirsch or Kirschwasser is Schnapps made from cherries
- Kroatzbeere is Schnapps made with blackberries
- Steinhäger de Westphalie is made with potatoes flavoured with juniper berries.
The origins of Schnapps
Schnapps comes from Germany. Incidentally the word Schnapps comes from “Schnaps” which is Rhenish Franconian and literally mean Eau-de-vie. Culturally speaking, Schnapps is consumed in the Germanic regions like Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. In France, Schnapps is mainly drunk in Lorraine and Alsace, two regions bordering Germany. Schnapps is also appreciated in Denmark and Sweden, where it is called Snaps.
Schnapps is like Vodka, an Eau-de-vie popular in eastern countries like Russia and Poland. The difference between Schnapps and Vodka, however, is that Schnapps has a fruitier flavour. Schnapps is an excellent alternative to Vodka. In Westphalia, there are even some traditional dishes which are served with Schnapps.
There are also similarities between Schnapps and Gin, as Gin is an Eau-de-Vie made with Juniper berries. Gin and the Steinhäger de Westphalia are both made with Juniper.
The characteristics of Schnapps
Schnapps is a very aromatic alcoholic drink with a smooth, subtle flavour. According to the references and bottles of Schnapps, the aromas and flavours can vary. Obviously, the taste of Schnapps depends on the flavour of the fruit from which it is made. Schnapps is a favourite with amateurs of traditional Eau-de-Vie in starred gastronomic restaurants. References and brands of Schnapps can be found not only in German, and French starred gastronomic restaurants, but also in gastronomic restaurants all over the world. Some chefs use Schnapps in their cooking. It is even possible to use Schnapps to flavour jam.
Schnapps can be savoured as an aperitif or a liqueur, it can be served at room temperature or chilled straight out of the Fridge. Barmen in starred gastronomic restaurants make cocktails with Schnapps like the After Five or Fifth Avenue.
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