\ˈshnaps \
plural schnapps

Definition of schnapps 

: any of various liquors of high alcoholic content especially : strong Holland gin

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The 110 smørrebrød combinations pair well with the 140 schnapps and aquavits. Bon Appetit, "Restaurant Schønnemann," 18 June 2018 Her father styled himself as gruff and imposing, with a mangy beard, broad shoulders built by swinging a sledgehammer on the rig and a stomach rounded out by peppermint schnapps. Eli Saslow, Washington Post, "After school shootings, a teenager challenges the gun culture in her conservative Wyoming town," 18 May 2018 The drink was fruity, primarily consisting of vodka and peach schnapps. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Belmont Jewel cocktail, and other signature Belmont Stakes race day drinks to try," 5 June 2018 Perhaps a sequel might suggest that Adolf Hitler’s teetotalism put him in a tetchy mood; a relaxing glass of schnapps might have kept him out of Poland. New York Times, "Sloshed, Hammered, Blotto — We’ve Been Doing It for Ages," 30 May 2018 But avoid mixers whenever possible — margarita mix, schnapps, baileys, curacao will generally add 10g of carbs per serving. Kimberly Mugler,, "Dos and donts of drinking alcohol on paleo, keto diets," 26 May 2018 Peach schnapps has been used, and grapefruit juice got an audition as well. Tim Hackett,, "The Definitive Guide to the Triple Crown Cocktails," 3 May 2018 The bar does its own thing, too, with some cocktail classics, like a brandy Old Fashioned made with blood orange, or a fruity but balanced Manhattan goosed with apple schnapps. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Orleans meets supper club at Edgewater in Pewaukee," 17 Apr. 2018 Over meals of schnitzel and schnapps in Vienna, his team sought to bridge the gap between European concerns and Mr. Trump’s demands. Gardiner Harris, New York Times, "U.S. Taking Negotiations ‘One Week at a Time’ on Expiring Iran Deal," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of schnapps

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for schnapps

German Schnaps, literally, dram of liquor, from Low German snaps dram, mouthful, from snappen to snap

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English Language Learners Definition of schnapps

: a type of strong liquor

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