Imagine a deliciously warming, mountain schnapps that blends the sweet spirit of Australian pink lady apples with traditional wintery spices spices; cinnamon, cloves and star anise.
Distilled in ‘Florence’ our small batch pot still, Baked Apple Schnapps is a sumptuous fireside tipple added to our range two years ago, and now one of our most anticipated seasonal schnapps.
Blending blissfully with award-winning wildbrumby gin for a wintery martini, it is also the inspiration behind our winter Negroni, which combines Baked Apple Schnapps with our classic gin and a dash of homemade Italian bitters.
So what is schnapps?
Schnapps is native to the European Alps, where the winters are too cold for traditional wine production.
The word ‘schnapps’ is derived from a German noun that means to ‘swallow’ — hence it was traditionally served a little glass and consumed immediately. In Europe it is also commonplace to have a ‘shot’ between each round of beer.
Made from the fermented fruit that grows in these regions, schnapps is traditionally dry and high in alcohol (40%).
Wildbrumby’s range of premium schnapps follows the traditional 40%, but our 15 years experience of schnapps distilling in the Australian Snowies has taught us that local palates prefer an easy-drinking liqueur-style schnapps of around 18% alcohol volume.
This is sweeter and more fruity than our premium schnapps range, so we call it liqueur schnapps and it is made from the highest-quality fermented fruit in our region. Our philosophy has always been to source the very best of everything, from fruit and spices, to our pure, pH-balanced alpine spring water.
How do you drink schnapps?
All schnapps can be served chilled and consumed neat or over ice, but its unique flavour profile also makes it an ideal addition to wintery cocktails such as the Faceplant and the Negroni.
How to make a winter Negroni
You can order a ready-made bottle of from the wildbrumby shop, but you can also create your own version.
-Blend Baked Apple Schnapps with your favourite gin (to taste), add a dash of bitters, and serve in a lowball glass with ice and a slice of orange to garnish.
How to make a Faceplant
The Faceplant serves up the sweet spirit of home-grown Pink Lady apples, cinnamon, cloves and star anise, with a velvet layer of whipped cream on top.
-Warm 25 ml wildbrumby Baked Apple Schnapps gently in the microwave for 10-15 seconds in a shot glass. Top with whipped cream and add a light dusting of cinnamon.
However you choose to serve it up, this schnapps is most certainly one to sip and savour with friends and family around the fire on a cold winter’s day.