Himbeergeist made from wild raspberries in the Black Forest region of Germany

Himbeergeist (lit "raspberry spirit") is a fruit-based Schnaps produced mainly in Germany and the Alsace region of France.

Rather than being distilled into liquor from a fermented mash of fresh fruit like a fruit brandy (Obstler in German), Himbeergeist is made as an infusion. Because raspberries' low sugar content can produce only a limited amount of alcohol, Himbeergeist is created by macerating fresh berries in 95.6% pure neutral spirits.[1][2] The mixture is then steeped for several weeks to draw out the raspberry essence, distilled, diluted with purified water, and bottled at 40% ABV or stronger.

See also

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  1. Die Schnapsbrenner Detailed description of the method of production, in German.
  2. Fachlexikon General information about the production of Schnaps, including Himbeergeist, in German.
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