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Snaps is a small shot of a strong alcoholic beverage taken during the course of a meal, very much like the German schnapps. Drinking snaps is a tradition in Scandinavia, especially in Denmark and Sweden. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Schnapps is a type of distilled beverage. ... For other uses, see Scandinavia (disambiguation). ...


A snaps is usually brændevin/brännvin (which may be vodka or akvavit), but can also be some other light-bodied spirit, as long as it isn't sweet. Snaps is usually distilled from grain or potato and is, in its raw form, without fragrance. Most snaps have flavour added as a part of the production or later. This can come from storing in casks or by adding, for example, herbs. The flavour of the spirit should be in harmony with the flavour of the meal. Spirits such as whisky or brandy are never drank as snaps. The Swedish word Brännvin and the Finnish word Viina, are general terms for alcoholic beverages distilled from potatoes or grain, which may or may not be flavoured. ... Vodka bottling machine, Shatskaya Vodka Shatsk, Russia Vodka (Polish: wódka, Russian: водка) is one of the worlds most popular distilled beverages. ... A bottle and glass of Linie brand akvavit. ... For other uses, see Whisky (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Brandy (disambiguation). ...


Danes, Swedes and Swedish-speaking Finns have a tradition of singing songs, drikkeviser/snapsvisor, before drinking snaps. The drikkevise/snapsvisa is typically an ode to the joys of snaps and praises its flavour, or expresses a craving for the drink.  Officially monolingual Finnish-speaking municipalities (Sami bilingual municipalities not shown)  Bilingual municipalities with Finnish as the majority language  Bilingual municipalities with Swedish as the majority language  Monolingual Swedish-speaking municipalities (including Ã…land) More than 17,000 Swedish Finns live in officially monolingual Finnish municipalities, and are thus not represented on... Snapsvisa (Swedish, plural: snapsvisor) is a Scandinavian traditional drinking song which is used before drinking a short spirit shot known as the snaps. ...


Snaps (and drikkeviser/snapsvisor) are an inseparable part of crayfish parties, which are notoriously tipsy affairs, even by Swedish and Finnish standards. This is not a surprise, since dozens of songs might be sung during such a meal, and every song demands a round of snaps. However, the glass does not need to be emptied every time and it is recommended not to drink the snaps too fast. An entrée consisting of sild/sill (pickled herring) and potatoes is most typically served with snaps, as is also the infamous Swedish surströmming, which most people can't stomach and which some find impossible to swallow without an accompanying snaps. This heritage comes from the brännvinsbord, an archaic Swedish entrée. Snapsvisa (Swedish, plural: snapsvisor) is a Scandinavian traditional drinking song which is used before drinking a short spirit shot known as the snaps. ... Crayfish and shrimp on a Kräftskiva table. ... Species Clupea alba Clupea bentincki Clupea caspiopontica Clupea chrysotaenia Clupea elongata Clupea halec Clupea harengus Clupea inermis Clupea leachii Clupea lineolata Clupea minima Clupea mirabilis Clupea pallasii Clupea sardinacaroli Clupea sulcata Herrings are small oily fish of the genus Clupea found in the shallow, temperate waters of the North Atlantic... Opened can of surströmming in brine. ...


Home distilling and home flavouring

Distilling your own snaps is illegal in Scandinavian countries. An exception is Denmark where distillation is legal, but must be reported to tax authorities and the same taxes as on commercial liquor must be paid. Home distilling was earlier a widespread tradition, but today it is very limited as it is difficult for the home distiller to achieve the same very high quality of commercial snaps. Illegal home distilling is still a tradition in many rural communities in Norway and Sweden.


A tradition of "home flavouring" one's snaps exists in Scandinavia. This tradition is strongest in the southern areas, particularly Denmark. A modern Snaps enthusiast will typically buy a commercially-made, neutral-tasting Snaps, then add flavour by adding selected herbs, found in nature or grown in the garden. For instance, in northern Denmark, various spices are added to snaps to make a version called "Bjesk", meaning "bitter".


Popular choices in home flavouring include, but are certainly not limited to: Bog-myrtle (Myrica gale L.), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa L.), Dill (Anethum graveolens L.), Persian Walnut (Juglans regia L.). , St John's wort (Hypericum perforatum L.), Absinth Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium L.), and Woodruff (Galium odoratum L.). Plants are commonly used individually, but some enthusiasts experiment with mixing to achieve the perfect flavour. The name Bog myrtle refers to a species of the genus Myrica, especially Myrica gale. ... For other uses, see Blackthorn (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Dill (disambiguation). ... Binomial name Juglans regia L. The Persian Walnut (Juglans regia) is a walnut native from the Balkans in southeast Europe east through southwest and central Asia and the Himalaya to southwest China. ... Binomial name Hypericum perforatum L. St Johns wort (IPA pronunciation: , rhyming with hurt, or ) used alone refers to the species Hypericum perforatum, also known as Klamath weed or Goat weed, but, with qualifiers, is used to refer to any species of the genus Hypericum. ... Binomial name L. <3Artemisia absinthium (Absinthium, Absinthe Wormwood, Wormwood or Grand Wormwood) is a species of wormwood, native to temperate regions of Europe, Asia and northern Africa. ... Binomial name Galium odoratum (L.) Scop. ...


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Epinions.com - Snaps for beginners (1260 words)
The Danish "snaps" is part of the Scandinavian family of Aquavit-spirits, which have in common that they are all made through a two-stage process of fermentation and distillation based on potato or grain mash in combination with yeast and various enzymes.
Although this is not directly related to the "snaps", it may help the reader to understand that the modern snaps was in fact introduced in a climate of general cultural and national revival, which to a certain extent still characterises the mindset of present-day Danes.
Today, snaps is most often served chilled or even iced.
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