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A sign advertising home-made Marillenschnaps in Austria

Marillenschnaps, also called Marillenbrand, is a fruit brandy made from apricots. It is mostly produced in the Wachau region of Austria, but similar apricot brandies are produced elsewhere. Many small orchards produce excellent home-made varieties of Marillenschnaps.

Marillen is an Austrian German and Bavarian term for apricots, which are known as Aprikosen in other German-speaking regions.


Marillenschnaps should be clear with a strong apricot aroma. Its alcohol content should be close to 40% ABV. One hundred kilograms (220 lb) of ripe apricots will produce about eight litres (2 US gal) of Marillenschnaps.

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