Schnapps has a long and rich history. As a result, the name triggers fond (sometimes regrettable) memories in peoples minds. It is known to encompass several styles including distilled fruit brandies, herbal liqueurs, infusions, and liqueurs. Certainly flavored by adding fruit, syrups, spices, or artificial flavorings to neutral grain spirits. Let’s dive in and break down the different categories.
1. Traditional Schnapps
Throughout history, the term “Schnapps” has covered a wide variety of spirits. In Germany, it is any kind of strong alcoholic drink. Similar to how eau de vie (water of life) in French, aguardiente (burning water) in Spanish. Traditionally in Southern Germany, Schnapps is Obstwasser (fruit water ). For instance, a common base was Apples and Pears. In Contrast, Grain-based makeup almost all traditional distilled beverages in Northern Germany.
2. Fruit Brandies
Fruit Brandies are more common to Southern German. For example, the main kinds of fruit used for German schnapps are apples, pears, plums, cherries, and apricots. To simplify fruit brandies, are made from taking the juices fruit, fermenting and then distilling. Therefore the raw ingredient in the Fruit Brandy is commonly the Base fruit
3. Herbal Liqueurs
Herbal Liqueurs also know as Kräuterlikör is a type of Liqueur that is commonly drunk neat as a digestif. In Contrast to previous styles, Herbals use spices and herbs to sweeten and flavor the base spirit. Herbal Liqueurs date back to medieval times being used as medicine to increase bile and gastric acid secretion. however, the higher proportion of alcohol and sugar is not conducive to digestion.
4. Flavoured Spirit Based Schnapps
This style of Liqueur is more common today. In Short, they are flavored grain-based spirits. Utilizing either Fruit Flavouring or by adding fruit juice to the distilled spirit to sweeten and give the spirit its flavor. Typically they have a much lower Alcohol Volume. Also, they usually convey a more artificial flavor profile. Below is a range of Vodka (neutral grain spirit) based Schnapps Kleiner Feigling.