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A bottle of Himbeergeist.

Himbeergeist is a type of German Schnaps that is distinguished from other Schnaps by its method of production. It is produced by means of distilling a mixture of neutral spirit (of 95.6% purity) and fresh, ripe raspberries. This process is used (instead of fermentation of the raspberries) because raspberries contain very little sugar and therefore produce little alcohol when fermented.[1][2]

The mixture of alcohol and raspberries is rested for several weeks to transfer flavor and aroma to the alcohol. It is then distilled and bottled at 40% ABV or stronger.

Himbeergeist is produced mainly in Germany and the Alsace region of France. Its name is derived from the German Himbeere (raspberry) and Geist (spirit).

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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.