Mention the name Schnapps to a fellow drinker and you’re sure to elicit strong feelings. Some love this pungent distilled classic, while others find its fruit flavor to be downright offensive. In German it means, simply, ‘to swallow.‘ With so many different varieties on the market today, it can be used in conjunction with other spirits to create a slew of cocktails that go down more like candy than anything else. Wether you find that fact offensive or not, be aware that there are some well-crafted Schnapps-infused beverages out there that actually have surprising sophistication.
As the dog days of summer continue to unleash record heat waves across the country, a refreshing Schnapps-based drink to consider utilizes the sweetness of watermelon, subduing it with the complex tones of organic cucumber vodka. It’s called a Watermelon Martini and the flavor is a lot more creative than the name. It’s also super simple to make at home provided that you get your hands on some watermelon Schnapps. Here’s the recipe:
- 1.5 oz. Vodka (Crop Organic Cucumber is a good choice)
- 1/2 oz. Watermelon Schnapps
- A splash of watermelon juice
Mix the ingredients together in a shaker and pour straight into a martini glass. Garnish the cocktail with a fresh sprig of mint leaf. For an added touch of aesthetic pleasure, consider placing a slice of watermelon along the rim.