About German SPIRITS

The spirits industry is a strong and varied one in Germany. Most famous are the brandies and eau-de-vie, made from fruits such as cherry, pear and apple. The term schnapps can refer to an eau-de-vie or it can simply mean a strong alcoholic drink.

There are also vodkas (flavored and unflavored), London-style gins and whiskeys produced in Germany. Most are consumed locally; few are exported outside Europe.
Top Picks for Germany
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Riemerol Bitter
Neon golden orange color. Bright, fruity, herbal aromas of dried peach, delicate spices and herbs, and honeyed citrus and cucumber with a silky, bright, bittersweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length medicinal barks and roots and chamomile tea finish. A nicely balanced and vibrant bitter nonalcoholic ’liqueur’ that works well with soda.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Riemerschmid
Bitter Bar Syrup
Neon red color. Bright, savory, peppery aromas and flavors of smoked peppercorns, toasty cedar, grilled and pickled beets, and saffron with a soft, bright, petillant, dryish light body and a silky, brisk double mint gum, birch bark, crystallized ginger, and almond oil finish. An easy drinking non-alcohol bitter syrup for mild cocktail creations.
83 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab