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A clear, colorless fruit brandy traditionally made from double distillation of morello cherries, a dark-colored cultivar of the sour cherry. However, it is now also made from other kinds of cherries. The cherries are fermented complete (that is, including their stones). Unlike cherry liqueurs and so-called “cherry brandies,” Kirschwasser is not sweet. The best Kirschwassers have a refined taste with subtle flavors of cherry and a slight bitter-almond taste that derives from the stones. Kirschwasser is usually drunk neat. It is traditionally served cold in a very small glass and is taken as an apéritif. However, people in the German-speaking region where Kirschwasser originated usually serve it after dinner, as a digestif Kirschwasser is used in some cocktails, such as the Lady Finger and the Florida Cocktail. High-quality Kirschwasser may be served at room temperature, warmed by the hands as with brandy. Kirschwasser is often simply called Kirsch in both German- and English-speaking countries. Generic for traditionally French, German, or Swiss unsweetened, unaged cherry eau de vie. Now it is produced globally.

Drinks made with Kirsch:

  1. Charleston Cocktail
  2. Eton Blazer Cocktail
  3. H.P.W. Cocktail
  4. K.C.B. Cocktail
  5. Moonlight Cocktail
  6. Nineteen Cocktail
  7. Nineteen-Twenty Cocktail
  8. Raspberry Cocktail
  9. Rose Cocktail (French Style No. 2)
  10. Vie Rose Cocktail
  11. Maragato Cocktail (Special)

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