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For the surname, see Kümmel (surname).
Kaiser-Kümmel by J. A. Gilka
Bottle of Kümmel

Kümmel, also called kummel or kimmel, is a sweet, colorless liqueur flavored with caraway seed, cumin, and fennel.

According to the Dutch, kümmel liqueur was first distilled in Holland during the late 16th century by Lucas Bols.[1] It was then taken to Germany and Russia; the former is now the principal producer and consumer of kümmel.

In the UK, it is a popular drink at many of the more traditional golf clubs, or as a "comedy" shot.[2]


  1. ^ Calabrese, Salvatore (2002). Complete Home Bartender's Guide. Sterling Publishing. p. 192. ISBN 0-8069-8511-9. 
  2. ^ "Kümmel: A Little of the Muirfield Spirit". Wall Street Journal.