How To Make Peach Schnapps From Scratch

by Libation Staff | Last Updated: October 17, 2021

Peaches are an amazingly tasty fruit and one that reminds of summer and sun and fun. If you are a fan of peaches, then the following text is for you as we’ll take a much closer look at peach schnapps, a flavorful drink that will always carry the scents of summer. We’ll share the recipe later, but first, let’s talk a bit more about the other main ingredient in peach schnapps – the schnapps.

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What Is Schnapps?

Well, basically, schnapps is the german word for any clear alcohol infused with some fruit flavor. The schnapps drinks come in two main varieties: the European schnapps with no added sugar and higher alcohol content and the American schnapps with added sugar and more pronounced flavor.

To make the European schnapps, you’ll need to spend months waiting for the peaches to infuse the alcohol and vice versa. That is why here we’ll first talk about how to make homemade American Schnapps, for which you’ll only need a couple of days.

How to Make American Peach Schnapps at Home

While browsing online, you’ve probably seen many recipes for making homemade peach schnapps. If you read carefully through these, you’ll see that all involve a basic recipe and ingredients, with some “twists.” Well, we’re here to tell you that the “twists” don’t matter, as the basics of any good peach schnapps are the peaches and the waiting time. You’ll need a jar, coffee filter, and measuring cups.

Here is what you need to make peach schnapps at home:

Peel and cut up the peaches into small pieces and put them in a jar. Add in the lemon juice or lemon zest, and add the alcohol, making sure all the fruit is covered. Close the lid tightly and shake well. Place the jar in a dark place at room temperature, away from direct sunlight, as it can damage the flavor.

You can check the flavor after two or three days. If you’ve used fresh, overripe peaches, then the flavor will be more robust, and if it is still not to your liking, leave the jar to infuse for a few more days.

After the alcohol takes as much of the peach flavor as you like, you need to strain the fruit from the liquid via a fine strainer or a coffee filter. You can also use several layers of cheesecloth as a filter. Make sure to press the peaches and squeeze as much of the liquid as possible.

In a saucepan, combine the sugar and water and cook until the sugar is dissolved, but the liquid is still clear. After it cools down, stir it in the peach-infused liquor. For a sweeter taste, add more sugar, and for stronger schnapps, decrease the amount of sugar you use for the syrup. Wait a day for the flavors to settle, and you have homemade American peach schnapps.

How to Make European Peach Schnapps At Home

The European peach schnapps does take a lot of time to prepare, but the process is very similar to the American version. Here is what you’ll need to prepare European peach schnapps at home:

Peel and cut up the peaches and fill in a jar without packing them tightly – you’ll need room for the alcohol. Cover them with clear alcohol of choice and close the jar, shaking well. If you like a slightly nutty flavor, you can add in the pits.

Leave the jar in a cool, dark place for about two months, shaking it from time to time. After you decide you like the infusion, you need to filter out the liquid in another jar, using a coffee filter or several layers of fine cheesecloth.

Leave the peach schnapps to age for a couple of weeks, decant it again, and you have a winter drink that reminds you of summer.

How To Enjoy Peach Schnapps?

Now that you’ve made the peach schnapps and captured the flavor of this summer fruit, it is time to drink it. You can sip the peach schnapps, mix it with ice tea, or add it to cakes, sweets, and ice cream. However, here are the names of some cocktails whose main ingredient is your freshly minted peach schnapps:

Sex On the Beach

Fill a glass with ice, pour in alcohol, top up with cranberry and orange juice, add a straw and ganrish to taste.

Caribbean Dream

Mix in the alcohols, add the orange juice, and splash in some grenadine; add a straw and garnish the glass

A Week At the Beach

Add equal measures of all ingredients into a pitcher and serve

Classic Fuzzy Navel

Mix in equal parts peach schnapps and orange juice over ice in a large glass.

Southern Peachy Soda

Fortify citrus cola with a shot of peach schnapps.

If none of these ideas sound appealing, make sure you follow our blog for more info and tasty recipes involving peach schnapps and whatnot.