German spirits range from the classic schnapps—fruit juice fermented with a base liquor—to dozens of fruit, herb, and honey-based distillates.
About German Spirits
Germany is home to a host of local spirits and liqueurs. Many German fruit brandies are fermented naturally: without the addition of sugar or alcohol. A wide range of herbal spirits is also made in Germany, some of which are a mix of more than a dozen herbs. Schnapps is one of Germany’s most popular spirits and is generally served on its own, in a shot glass. Egg-based drinks, as well as blackberry-flavored quaffs, are also part of the German spirits lexicon. The country’s honey-based liqueur is often used as a cocktail component, in drinks similar to a hot toddy. Korn—a grain-based spirit that amusingly has nothing to do with corn—is similar to vodka and is often served as a beer chaser.