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

Rather than being distilled from a fermented mash of fresh fruit like other Obstler (fruit brandy), raspberries' low sugar content results in a low capacity to produce alcohol. This is remedied by adding a quantity of 95.6% pure neutral spirits to the crushed berries.[1][2] This mixture is then macerated for several weeks to draw out the raspberry essence, then distilled and bottled at 40% ABV or stronger.

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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.