Cordial is a sweetened and flavored distilled alcoholic spirit
• Schnapps is a clear brandy destilled from fermented fruits. True Schnapps has no sugar added
They being both fermented and distilled, cordial (also known as liqueour) are simply fruits steeped in an alcohol which has already been fermented and distilled.
SCHNAPPS is a type of distilled beverage. The word Schnapps is derived from the German word Schnaps and refers to usually clear alcoholic beverages distilled from fermented cereals, roots or fruits, including cherries (Kirschwasser), apples, pears, peaches, plums and apricots. Often, the base material for making schnapps is the pulp that is a by-product in juice production. True Schnapps has no sugar or flavoring added. Schnapps is similar in flavor and consistency to vodka, with light fruit flavors, depending on the base material. The alcohol content is usually around 40% by volume.
CORDIAL is a sweetened spirit flavored with ingredients like seeds, fruits, herbs, flowers, nuts, spices, roots, leaves and barks. The base can be brandy, rum, whiskey or other spirit and may be flavored in four ways:
distillation-alcohol and flavoring agents are blended before being distilled; infusion- flavorings are steeped in hot water, which is then mixed with the alcohol base; maceration-flavoring agents are steeped directly in the alcohol base; percolation-alcohol is dripped through the flavoring agents to extract their essences.