About German Spirits

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

Wikinger Noorgaard Gin
96 points
A lovely, savory, complex, and earthy Gin that pops with mint and coriander.
Elephant Navy Strength Gin
96 points
A powerfully delicious, full-throttle gin with deep layers of flavor and a long seemingly endless finish.
Awards: 2022 Best Navy Strength Gin
BARENJAGER Honey Liqueur
93 points
Smells and tastes incredibly natural and is just saturated with honey; exactly what it is, honey.
Elephant London Dry Gin
93 points
A dry, earthy gin perfect for cocktails with tonic.
Dooley’s Toffee Cream Liqueur
93 points
Best Buy
A spot-on Cream Liqueur with delicious chocolatey and caramel flavors.
Awards: 2021 Best Cream Liqueur
93 points $19 Best Buy
Elephant Orange & Cocoa Gin
92 points
A delightfully pure and finesseful orange flavored gin that will be fun to experiment with in creative cocktail play.
Awards: 2022 Best Flavored Gin
Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
90 points
A flavor-packed herbaceous liqueur with great balance; add to stirred cocktails, lattes, shoot or simply sip neat.
90 points $24.99
Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin
89 points
A citrusy and grassy gin that will perk up cocktails; this is a contemporary and bold take that will offer a wide array of cocktail play options.