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Kümmel Schnapps

The perfect holiday shot
Kummel Schnapps
Carolyn Menyes

Traditionally made for weddings back in Romania, my family's kümmel schnapps recipe is a staple for holiday celebrations. It was added to my family's cookbook by my Opa Menyes. Prost!

Ready in
25 m
5 m
(prepare time)
20 m
(cook time)
Calories Per Serving


  • 1 Liter Smirnoff Silver Vodka, 90-100 proof
  • 3/4 - 1 Cups sugar (to taste)
  • 1 Tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 1 Cup water


In a small pan, add caraway seeds to 1 cup of water.

Bring to a boil until water is the color of tea, approximately 5-10 minutes.

In a seperate pan over low heat with just a splash of water, melt 2 tablespoons of sugar until it's yellow-brown in color.

Place remaining sugar in a large pitcher.

Strain caraway and water mixture and add to pitcher.

Mix until the sugar dissolves.

Add melted sugar and vodka. Stir.

Pour schnapps back into empty vodka bottle and allow to cool.

Serve at room temperature.