Peppermint Liqueur

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Peppermint liqueur or schnapps(as it is also known), is a distilled spirit made by adding peppermint flavoring to a clear grain spirit.

It is a drink, quite energizing! It has an astringent, almost mouthwash-like aftertaste and tastes like liquid sugar cane. It’s used in a variety of seasonal cocktails. Many brands of peppermint schnapps are available, and the quality varies.

What is Peppermint Liqueur?

Peppermint liqueur is one, that has a flavor similar to liquid peppermint candy, with a somewhat astringent finish. It’s a powerful spirit that’s best combined into beverages (but it’s also popular as a shot).

Peppermint Schnapps was created in or around 1810 by Francois Nicolas Appert, a Paris candy maker, to be used on ice cream. Napoleon’s wife, Austrian Princess Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma, brought the recipe back to Austria, where it became popular not only as an ice cream topping but also as a drink.

It is great for use in cocktails and coffee made with natural peppermint. It may interest you to know that I am familiar with the flavor of this drink because I have had a series of it before and it is near, but not quite.

I recall a time when this was a big hit at an African dinner party I hosted. I used the cheapest brandy I could get at the time, and it turned out to be fantastic.

During the holidays, this minty distilled alcohol is popular in the United States, where it is served as shots or combined into creamy, sweet drinks. It could be a variety you should add to your collection of drinks.

How To Make Peppermint Liqueur

The following recipe is for you to try at home. Peppermint Liqueur varies from home to home and from region to region.

Peppermint Liqueur

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups brandy
  • 3 drops peppermint oil
  • 3 drops green food coloring


  • Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve the sugar, making a thick syrup.
  • Stir in peppermint oil and green food coloring.
  • Allow cooling slightly before stirring in brandy.
  • Pour into a bottle and seal.
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