Definition of schnapps in US English:



  • A strong alcoholic drink resembling gin and often flavored with fruit.

    ‘peach schnapps’
    • ‘It was a mixture of root beer schnapps, peppermint schnapps, Kahlua, tequila, port wine, egg nog, and a splash of lime juice to make it curdle.’
    • ‘While I did relish the opportunity to wear a super cute new dress, our preparatory cocktail of peach schnapps and Valium did not serve me well.’
    • ‘They were rewarded with a bottle of schnapps, which they drank as they worked.’
    • ‘If it was up to you I'd have to drink schnapps and sake every night!’
    • ‘It is a fine-flavoured mix of red wine, passion fruit liqueur, orange liqueur, peach schnapps, and fruit juices.’
    • ‘Perhaps the title holds a clue - if you drink schnapps, the episode probably seems a lot funnier.’
    • ‘Meat and fish dishes have greater prominence at these times, as do schnapps and other alcoholic beverages.’
    • ‘I'm in the Greek Islands, the sun is shining, the views are amazing and I think I still have some strawberry schnapps back at the hotel.’
    • ‘Walking the Imperial Alps is definitely something to savour - mountains, meadows, fruits, cheese, beer, schnapps, wine, flowers, clanging cowbells - what more could you want from a holiday?’
    • ‘Blend together a scoop of ice cream, a cup of canned or frozen fruit, and a couple shots of schnapps or other fruit-flavored alcohol.’
    • ‘Coat a Martini or pony glass with grenadine, pour gin and peppermint schnapps over ice, shake, strain and pour into glass.’
    • ‘The schnapps won the silver medal at this year's International Wine and Spirits Awards at Guild Hall in London.’
    • ‘There is only one potential drawback to making good-tasting cocktails using liqueurs, including schnapps.’
    • ‘The road from high school rejects to rock 'n' roll sweethearts wasn't all peach schnapps and cream, though.’
    • ‘There was an empty bottle of peach schnapps and a few beer cans scattered over the floor.’
    • ‘The feeling of solitude in the mountains was incredible as we settled down to dinner, wine and yet more schnapps.’
    • ‘Favorite alcoholic beverages are beer, brandy, and schnapps.’
    • ‘Combine vanilla and butterscotch schnapps over ice and strain into a Martini glass.’
    • ‘I pulled out a glass from under the counter and put some ice in it and then poured some cinnamon schnapps, Irish cream, and melon liqueur into it and mixed it for a few seconds before adding a quick splash of rum.’
    • ‘To keep everyone going, shots of peach schnapps are offered on the ski down to the day hut, which is located halfway up the ski field.’


From German Schnaps, literally ‘dram of liquor’, from Low German and Dutch snaps ‘mouthful’.