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swizzzlestick Posted: 8 Dec 2014 1:12 PM

Whe I read "Kirsch" in an old recipe, e. g. in the Savoy Cocktail Book, what is meant?

I have "Kirsch" (Bols) with 17% ABV, Cherry Brandy (Bols) with 24% ABV, Heering Cherry Liqueur with 24% ABV and clear Cherry Schnapps with 40% ABV?

What should I take?


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None of the above, with the possible exception of “Cherry Schnapps”, depending on where it’s from.

“Kirsch” in a recipe means “kirschwasser”. An eau de vie: a distillate of fermented cherry mash. 40-45% abv. Kirsch clear and bone-dry, but has fabulous aromatics.

Not all kirschwasser is alike. Some are intensely woody where others are not at all. I personally find Trimach Kirsch to be an excellent choice in mixed drinks.


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Indeed, my "Cherry Schnapps" is a German Kirschwasser from the Black Forest, not so far away from Alsace where the Trimbach Kirsch is from. Good to know, many thanks!

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