How to Make Hochzeit Schnapps at Home
Written by guest writer Sheryl Sayler
“One of the most enjoyable sessions we attended was the “Making Hochzeit Schnapps” session by Jerry Sailer (apparently not related in our genealogy). Not only did we learn how to make this traditional homemade wedding schnapps, but we got to taste it too, along with samples of 2 of the products Jerry makes commercially at his Black Hills Contraband Distillery. So by the time I walked out of that session at 10 in the morning, I had consumed about 3 shots of pretty strong liquor. Whew! Not only that, Susie managed to abscond with about a quart of the homemade brew, as Jerry was giving it away and she happened to be there to help him out! Jerry says he has been drinking this homemade concoction since he was about 6 years old. It is tradition in his family to have a good shot before bed every night, and he doesn’t get the flu, colds, sleeps like a baby and feels his immune system is strong because of this homemade “remedy” he has been taking for all these years. I may have to add that to my evening “get ready for bed” ritual!”
Jerry is allowing us to share his recipe.
1 c. Grain Neutral Spirits (or Everclear)
1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. water (tap or any) (you will lose about ½ cup of liquid in evaporation)
Use cast iron or stainless steel pans. Stainless steel is easier to clear and cooks faster. The post must be at least 2” higher than the amount of liquids.
Caramelize the sugar. Turn heat to 360 degrees or medium. Add the sugar dry.
Using a metal spoon, keep stirring the sugar moving. It takes about 10 minutes. The sugar starts to clump and turns wet. When the sugar is nicely browned, turn heat down to 340 degrees. Slowly add water. An orange foam is created as the water is added, small amounts at a time. Keep stirring all the time.
In another steel bowl, add the Everclear. Never add Everclear to the sugar mix. Always add the sugar-mix to the Everclear. This mixture bonds best if the sugar-mixture is hot while added. Stir well.
It should appear as a beautiful red color, which is where it got its nickname ‘redeye’. It has a shelf life of – forever.
Jerry said that he is available at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about making your own Hochzeit Schnapps.
I would love to hear about your Hochzeit Schnapps making adventures.