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Snaps

Highslide JS Snaps is a Danish and Swedish word for a small shot of a strong alcoholic beverage taken during the course of a meal.

Left: A selection of Swedish snaps including (from left to right) Hallands, Läckö slottsakvavit, Bäska droppar, Herrgårdsakvavit, O.P. Anderson, and Pors.

A ritual that is associated with drinking snaps is a tradition in Scandinavia, especially in Denmark and Sweden, where it is very common to drink snaps at holidays such as Christmas and Easter. This ritual has been described by one author as follows:

 

A group of people are clustered around a table for a typical lunch that will include several courses and a clear, fiery drink. The host pours the ice-cold liquid into frosty, conical glasses with long stems. He raises his glass, at which point the diners turn to one another and make eye contact, making certain not to leave anyone out. “Skål!” calls out the host, and everyone takes a sip. Again there is eye contact, and then the glasses are set on the table, not to be lifted again until the host raises his. The liquid is aquavit. The ritual is virtually the same throughout Scandinavia.

Blue, Anthony Dias (2004). The Complete Book of Spirits: A Guide to Their History, Production, and Enjoyment. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. p. 42.

A snaps is usually akvavit, vodka, or some other kind of distilled beverage. Spirits such as whisky or brandy are seldom drunk as snaps.

The word “snaps” also has the same meaning as the German word “Schnaps,” in the sense of “any strong alcoholic drink.”

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