Clear brandy distilled from cherry wine. Not be confused with sweetened cherry brandies, which frequently have red food coloring added. Kirsch is popular in Germany and Switzerland.
German Kirschwasser comes from the region of the Black Forest (Because of how dense and black the forest in this region once was) in South Germany from where the Black Forest Cake also comes from.
Kirsh is clear brandy. It was originally made from sour black cherries, but now they use both sweet and sour black cherries along with their pits.
Selecting and Buying
When most folks refer to cherry brandy especially for making cocktails, they are probably looking for something dark colored, sweet and a low alcohol content. You can use Bols cherry brandy for this.
Preparation and Use
Kirsch or Kirschwasser is traditionally served in small glasses as an appetizer before dinner or family gatherings. In Germany however, it is served after dinner in a snifter. It can also be added to coffee and espresso drinks.
It is quite strong, so be careful when making cocktails with it. You may need a cherry brandy like Bols for making cocktails and not Kirsch.
Kirsch is an essential ingredient of Swiss cheese fondue and of some cakes. It can also be used in the filling of chocolates.
Conserving and Storing
Store the bottle in a cool, dry place.