Autumn is the perfect time to check out this undiscovered gastronomic treat: classic German apple liqueur. Made with wheat, corn spirit and sun-ripened apples, Berentzen’s apple schnapps perfectly captures the flavor of the crisp-fleshed fall fruit.
Berentzen’s liqueurs may have been designed for slow after dinner sipping, but they also make an outstanding cocktail ingredient. Unlike other artificially-flavored, neon-colored apple schnapps, Berentzen gives any apple drink a sunny, honeyed flavor boost. Try it in an apple martini, or simply over ice with club soda. Substitute Berentzen for sweet vermouth for a decadent “Big Apple” spin on the classic Manhattan. Or, keep it around to help refresh the flavor of wines that have been open too long. (To make a Berentzen spritzer, pour leftover wine — white, red, or even sparkling — over ice and top with a splash of this tempting apple liqueur and a spritz of seltzer.) Now that’s Indian summer in a glass.