Peppermint schnapps is a type of liqueur. It is manufactured with a pure grain alcohol base to which peppermint flavoring is added. The liqueur's texture is thick and resembles syrup. It can be consumed over ice or in a number of mixed drinks. This variety of schnapps can also be used when cooking a number of dishes.
Pure grain alcohol, also known as neutral grain spirit, is a clear liquid made from cereal grains. It is 190 proof, which means the liquid is 95 percent alcohol. Laws determining who can buy pure grain alcohol vary from country to country, and someone who is interested in making his or her own peppermint schnapps will need to make sure that this ingredient is readily available before proceeding.
Peppermint is a type of herb which is grown in England, Europe, Australia and other parts of the world. It has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Along with providing the flavor base for peppermint schnapps, it has also been used in ice cream, tea, and candy products. Peppermint oil may be used to treat stomach ailments, such as irritable bowel syndrome.
People who are looking for a way to prepare hot chocolate for grownups can make their own hot beverage using this minty liqueur. Heat milk in a pot over low heat on the stove and add bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate. Stir the chocolate constantly until it is melted. Add 1.5 ounces (44.3 ml) of peppermint schnapps to serving cups and fill them with the hot chocolate. Add whipped cream on top and garnish with a peppermint stick, if desired.
Peppermint schnapps can also be used to make cold drinks. Simply measure out a 1.5 (44.3 ml) or 2 ounce (59 ml) serving of the liqueur into a glass and add ice and cola for a refreshing beverage. This type of schnapps can also be added to lemon-lime soft drinks, and some drink recipes call for other liqueurs, such as creme de cacao, to be added to the mixture as well. Combining peppermint schnapps with creme de menthe or Tia Maria makes a very simple and tasty shooter.
This liqueur can also be used in cooking. It can be used as a flavoring for cakes, cookies and other desserts where the recipe calls for peppermint to be used. Peppermint schnapps can also be added to barbeque sauce or an herb butter to enhance the flavor.