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Mar 15, 2019

Schnapps and Blooming Pussy Willow Trees

The first of many "schnapps outings" throughout the year starts at the end of this month, when the days are getting longer and the Pussy Willow tree blooms.

Pussy Willows (Salix caprea) - also known as Goat Willows - grow in woods, scrub and hedges, and you can pick and use the yellow male flowers (catkins) to make a great schnapps or liqueur.

You can use catkins from other willow species, but below recipe is the best and the most popular here in Denmark.

Willow Schnapps Recipe

Yellow pussy willow flowers (catkins)

Ingredients

A one-liter glass jar filled 1/3 with Pussy Willow catkins.

70 cl vodka or neutral schnapps - 40% alcohol content (80 proof).

Direction

Pick the catkins in early spring right after bloom when the yellow stamens appear.

Put them in a clean glass jar with tight-fitting lid.

Add the vodka or neutral schnapps.

Close the jar and let steep for 2-3 days in a dark place at room temperature.

Once a day, shake lightly or stir with a wooden spoon and taste it.

After steeping, strain and filter your schnapps into a clean glass bottle or jar.

Store (age) for 2-3 months in a dark place before serving.

Add sugar or a sugar solution to the willow schnapps, if you want to turn it into a liqueur.

Above recipe - and other spring recipes - will be included in my next Schnapps and Liqueur ebook, that will be published rather soon.

Cheers,

Vivi

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Mar 01, 2019

My Next eBook with Schnapps and Liqueur Recipes

My next ebook with schnapps and liqueur recipes is coming along well, and I expect it to be available on Amazon by the end of this month or early April.

The ebook will contain lots and lots of easy and tasty single flavouring recipes.

In the meantime, though, I thought I would give you this easy Apple Schnapps Recipe, so you know a little about what to expect, when my ebook gets published.

Apple Schnapps Recipe

Red, ripe apples on an appletree

Ingredients

A one-liter glass jar half filled with apples.

70 cl vodka or neutral schnapps - 40% alcohol content (80 proof).

Direction

Use fresh, fully ripe and aromatic apples. Wild or cultivated. Organic if available. You can use almost any variety. So start with your favourite one, then try some other varieties.

Wash, dry and slice the apples. Leave the skin on.

Put them – and also the cores - in the glass jar.

Add the vodka or neutral schnapps.

Let steep for 2 months or more.

Once a day, shake lightly or stir with a wooden spoon.

Taste it from time to time.

After steeping, strain and filter your schnapps into a clean glass bottle or jar.

You can serve your apple schnapps after it has settled for a couple of days. But some ageing will improve the flavours. Taste it from time to time to find out. Hope you enjoy it.

Cheers,

Vivi

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Feb 17, 2019

My First eBook - Make Your Own Flavoured Schnapps and Liqueurs

Last month I published my first ebook entitled Make Your Own Flavoured Schnapps and Liqueurs.

It's a beginner's guide and reference book. No recipes.

Typical Danish schnapps decanter and two schnapps glasses filled with flavoured schnapps

At the same time, I started www.vivilabo.com - a site about my present and coming ebooks, available on Amazon.

And so today I've added the first post to my site's blog.

The blog will contain updates and info - and whatelse I find useful to let you know about.

Over time, my first ebook will be followed by a series of books with my favourite recipes.

The first one in the series will contain more than fifty easy schnapps and liqueur recipes and will be ready in March/April 2019.

Cheers,

Vivi

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