When a friend of mine asked for another round of peppermint schnapps after both of us had three too many shots, his slurred words resulted in asking for pepperoni schnapps instead, leading to a lasting joke ever since. The idea of a meat-flavored schnapps seemed like the worst possible combination, but my friend was onto something as a German distiller has been working on just that — sausage schnapps.
Bratwurstschnaps is the latest creation out of the E. Schueerholz Likörfabrik distillery, famously known for Rhoentropfen, an herbal liquor that became a Cold War staple in West Germany. It may not sound all that appetizing to take in a mouthful of liquid sausage, but after a year of perfecting the recipe, the company thinks they have mastered the flavor.
meaty, smokey aroma and taste
The sausage-inspired schnapps is made with 24 different herbal essences, including fruits, anise and Asian ginger galangal, helping give it its meaty, smokey aroma and taste that the company thinks will go great with any backyard barbecue.
In Germany, a 0.5 liter bottle of Bratwurstschnaps sells for a reasonable €7.89 ($8.86), but getting it here in the States won’t be easy. Likörfabrik does say that shipping outside of Germany is available upon request, but don’t expect it to be cheap. So for now, I guess you may have to just stick with eating your sausage whole.