Facts and information about this famous liqueur drink (Schnaps)
Facts and Information about the Schnapps Liqueur
The alcoholic drink Schnapps is a clear alcoholic liqueur. Liqueurs are sweet alcoholic drinks which are flavoured with a variety of different ingredients and come in a variety of different colors. The word 'liqueur' derives from the Latin word 'liquifacere' which means to melt or dissolve - the flavorings used to make liqueurs are dissolved. The word Schnapps is derived from the German word 'Schnaps' meaning 'mouthful'. Schnapps are dry, strong alcoholic drinks based on spirits (schnapps) such as vodka. Schnapps are distilled from fermented cereals and roots or fruits including cherry, apple, pear, peach, strawberry, pineapple, plum and apricot. Schnapps were developed in Germany, Holland and Austria and at first was often produced from fermented corn mash. A true Schnapps recipe has no sugar added.
List of Recipes which contain Schnapps
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Information about Schnapps
Liqueurs are flavored with a whole variety of different ingredients! These ingredients include fruits, herbs, spices, flowers, seeds, nuts, roots, plants, barks, eggs and cream. The following list details the main ingredients of Schnapps together with other info about this famous liqueur.
- Main ingredients of Schnapps - fermented cereals, roots or fruits
- Country of origin - Germany and Austria
Additional background information about Schnapps
Additional background information about Schnapps:
- A true Schnapps recipe has no sugar added
- Different herbal Schnapps recipes were developed in monasteries for medicinal purposes
- In modern times flavourings instead of fresh fruit, examples of these drinks include Archers and the cinnamon flavoured Goldschlager which includes flakes of real gold
- Austrian Schnapps - There are approx 20,000 small private schnapps distilleries, which are known as known as Selberbrennter or Hausbrand
- Root Beer flavored schnapps are made in the US
- Schnapps is derived from the German word 'Schnaps' meaning 'mouthful'
How to serve the Schnapps Liqueur
Liqueurs are made in nearly every country of the world and come in a variety of different flavors and colors. This makes every liqueur drink, such as Schnapps, an extremely versatile drink. Liqueurs can be served:
- Straight up - Perfect as after dinner drinks and usually served at room temperature
- On the rocks - If a cold drink is preferred liqueurs can be chilled and served over ice cubes or mixed with crushed ice
- Served with coffee
- Liqueurs can be mixed with cream or other mixers to create some really good and extremely colorful cocktails
Rainbow Liqueur Drinks - Floating Liqueurs
Ever wondered how bartenders create those unusual rainbow effects when making cocktails? They use a method called 'Floating liqueurs' which is achieved by 'floating' a measure of liqueur in a glass by pouring it slowly over an inverted spoon or down a glass rod on top of previous layers. This creates a rainbow effect in a glass when using different colored liqueurs or cordials. Liqueurs are sometimes referred to as Cordials, which causes some confusion. In America a cordial mean a sweet, syrup like alcoholic beverage. However, in the UK a cordial means a non-alcoholic, sweet, syrupy drink!
Quantities and Proportions of ingredients in Schnapps cocktail drinks
Quantities of ingredients tend to cause confusion - no problem, just use the correct proportions of each ingredient to create the best authentic & original Schnapps cocktail recipe! You can use a thimble, cup or even a pitcher ( if you are making this recipe for a group or a crowd ) when you make a cocktail! The following simple guidelines will also help with the different quantities referred to in other cocktail recipes:
- 1 oz (ounce) equals 2 tbsp (tablespoons) or 3 cl (centilitres)
- 30ml equals 1 oz
- 1 shot equals 3 tbsp (tablespoons) or 1½ oz (ounces) or 45 ml (millilitres)
- 1 cup equals 8 oz (ounces) or 24 cl (centilitres) or 240 ml (millilitres)