Schnaps

Last Updated: 28th Feb 2014

schnaps

Schnaps (English: Schnapps)is a distilled alcoholic beverage very popular in Germany and Switzerland but the home of schnaps is undoubtedly Austria.

Schnaps is often consumed as a digestive (after a meal) and often at the beginning, during and sometimes at end of a big night out. Usually consumed as a shot, it can also be used to add a little kick or flavor to mixed drinks and cocktails. Perhaps the most famous and widely consumed schnaps is Jagermeister, from Germany and key ingredient for the world famous ‘Jager Bomb’.

Authentic schnaps is traditionally unsweetened (no added sugar) and are can be made from almost anything from cereals, grains and nuts to peaches, pears, plums, apples and strawberries. Likewise the alcoholic strength of schnaps varies greatly from the 15-20% (30-40 proof) creamed caramels to the 60-80% (120-160 proof) farmers schanps, glacier ice and devils brew of the Austrian Tyrol.

The widest variety however is available in generally available from Austria in places Contiki visits like Innsbruck, Hopfgarten and the Old Vienna Schaps Museum in Vienna.

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