All About Peppermint Schnapps

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Peppermint schnapps is a clear, mint-flavored distilled spirit that is often used in winter cocktails. It is less sweet and typically contains more alcohol than crème de menthe.

There are many brands that produce peppermint schnapps and the quality, price, and production can vary quite a bit. Typically, schnapps uses a neutral grain alcohol and peppermint leaves and it can be anywhere from 15-50% alcohol/volume (30-100 proof).

Peppermint Schnapps Cocktails and Mixed Drinks

Peppermint schnapps can be drunk straight, but is best chilled and, if you're going to do this, it is recommended to choose a smoother schnapps that costs a little more than the average bottle. It is also a favorite ingredient in a variety of cocktails, most commonly paired with chocolate, and as a snappy liqueur for some of the most potent shooters.

Popular Brands of Peppermint Schnapps

  • Arrow
  • DeKuyper
  • Dr. McGillicuddy's (Mentholmint)
  • Hiram Walker
  • Ice 101
  • Mr. Boston
  • Phillips
  • Rumple Minze
  • Yukon Jack (Permafrost)

There are other types of mint produced as a schnapps as well; spearmint is one type that can be substituted for peppermint.