Nusbaumer offers more than thirty varieties of fruit and wild berry eaux de vie, plus a range of artisan liqueurs.
Our products are prepared according to the purest local tradition, in order to bring the essential quality of the fruit to the fore. These eaux de vie, liqueurs and 'crèmes' are still presented for sale in decorative boxes. We do not have an on-line store. To enquire about Nusbaumer's 2015 prices, please contact us.
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Fruits and wild berries in eau de vie
A completely natural product and undisputed giver of pleasure, fruit-based eau-de-vie is the logical complement to French gastronomy.
Its consumption could only be frowned upon if drunk to excess but the true gourmet knows to treat it with discernment.
The souvenir bottle that you take away with you will remind you of our happy valley and be a ray of sunshine during the long winter months.
As gifts, our valley's eaux de vie and liqueurs will be like ambassadors to your friends or customers at the end of the year. They will demonstrate your good taste and live long in the memory.
We use 'geans', black cherries with a large stone, from grafts on to wild cherrywoods; the stones give the pulp the slight almond taste which is characteristic of the product. It takes 18 kg of cherries to produce one litre of eau de vie. Flagship of the fruit eaux de vie, that made from cherries, otherwise known as kirsch, is known for its great flexibility and wide variety of uses: whether consumed in liquid form as a long drink, in a cocktail, digestif, grog or punch, or used in cooking in the making of sorbets, pastries and fruit salads.
If kirsch is the oldest of the fruit eaux de vie, eau de vie made from the Williams pear is the most recent but now the most widely known. Its aroma is particularly fine and delicate, although of course, the bouquet fades a little over time, so it should not be kept for too long. The fruit must be harvested at perfect ripeness, golden from the sun, tantalisingly mouth-watering in the favoured regions of the Rhone Valley, Anjou and the southwest. It takes 28 kg of pears to produce one litre of eau de vie. Its fragile nature requires that the fruit is harvested and transported with great care.
Like all fruits with a low sugar content, raspberries must first be macerated. The alcohol used in that process can only be eau de vie made from wine. To make Framboise, regulations require that 8 kg of raspberries are used to produce a single litre of final product. Like Poire Williams, Framboise should be served chilled but not ice cold. The liqueur produced has great delicacy and a wide range of uses.
Mirabelle and quetsche are just two of the several varieties of this type de fruit cultivated in France: Reine-Claude, Damas Bleue, Quetsche, Prune d'Ente and Prune sauvage. This large, rectangular blue fruit, with its melting yellow flesh, ripens in October and is grown mainly in Alsace and on the slopes of Haute-Marne and Haute-Saône. The resulting eau de vie is prized for its lightness, finesse and digestive properties.
This small, yellow plum, sweet and fragrant, produces one of the finest eaux de vie. It grows best in Lorraine, Alsace and Franche Comté. The name, 'mirabelle de Lorraine', has protected origin status. The locally distilled fruit comes only from orchards in Lorraine and from two varieties: the 'mirabelle de Nancy' and the 'mirabelle de Metz'. Local conditions have enabled Lorraine to increase its production of this talisman fruit in a region which is not short on originality or specific character. In principle, you need 18 kg of fruit to produce one litre of eau de vie. Mirabelle eau de vie is best enjoyed on its own.
Berries are fleshy fruits, whose pulp contains pips. There are hundreds of wild fruits, most of which are edible. Some of the most prized ones are distilled after maceration, producing an eau de vie which is greatly appreciated by connoisseurs. We should mention, in particular, the wild service tree with its brown fruit and their reddish brown seeds. Rose hips, the fruit of the dog rose, more formally known as rosa canina. Holly, with its bunches of small red fruits. The mulberry, like a large, black, shiny raspberry. The sloe, the same size as a cherry but with a bluish hue. The elder with its berries that hang down like bunches of grapes. All these fruits are recognised as having excellent medicinal properties. For this reason, they are often sought after by manufacturers of dietary products. Some wild berries have a high vitamin or organic acid content, while others boast tonic and restorative properties.
Liquors, creams and drinks
Natural, produced in the traditional way, by macerating fresh fruit (or plants or roots) as necessary in already-aged eau de vie from the same fruit, our liqueurs have an alcohol content of 30 to 35° proof, even 40° for some.
In this way, we obtain a product with a perfect balance between the fruit, the sugar and the alcohol. Liqueurs are the twin of de vie.
These products are currently very popular and are being enjoyed by more and more people, due to their sweet taste and aromatic bouquet. We offer an extensive range, from the most classic liqueurs, such as Poire Williams or Framboise to the most exotic such as peppermint, ginger, Sicilian bergamot and even coffee with kirsch.
Crèmes are made in the same way as liqueurs but contain no more than 20° proof of alcohol and are much sweeter. They are the ideal product for mixing with a still or sparkling wine to produce a 'kir' or for pouring over ice cream and desserts.We offer a wide range of fruit 'crèmes', in particular "Délice de Quetsch", highly original and typically Alsatian. Originally called "Nectar de Quetsche". But there is also our "Seven Red Fruits" crème or our famous "Suprême de Cassis".
Ideal for stimulating the appetite; the aperitif. We have three products dedicated to this time of day, Guignolet à l’Ancienne, Ratafia de Griottes and Pêche de Vignes.
Fruits in eau de vie
Presented in jars, we offer several varieties of fruit in eau de vie.
Fresh fruit in 70 cl jars: cherries in kirsch
Preserved fruit in 50 cl jars:
- Preserved pears in 43° Poire Williams eau de vie
- Preserved clementines in 40° Orange liqueur
- Preserved fruit cocktail in 40° Schnaps du Pays.
To keep the fruit in good condition, always store it with the alcohol covering it.
Our schnaps of Exception
These are extremely rare bottles containing old eaux de vie, selected from among our greatest successes over the last 15 years.
Presented in "Renaissance" antique-red bottles that offer the product perfect protection from the light, these are the culmination of our company's skills.
Packs of seven 3 cl tasters, either Classique (five Eaux de Vie + two Liqueurs), or Rare (seven wild berry Eaux de Vie), or Liqueur (seven different liqueurs)
Tasting selections: Five Eaux de Vie tasters and two little "Alsace" tasting glasses.
For the collector or those curious to taste a product that they are not familiar with. Many of our eaux de vie and liqueurs are available as tasters.
If you are looking for something special for a family celebration (wedding, christening, etc.) or a small business gift (general meeting, company dinner, trade show, etc.), we can customise the labels with your company message or logo. Please contact us for further details.
"Schnapsele", filled chocolates with schnaps Nusbaumer
These are delicious dark chocolates filled with Nusbaumer eau de vie (always an assortment of five flavours: - Kirsch, Quetsch, Mirabelle, Poire and Framboise).
Standard presentations: 280 g bags, 375g and 500g boxes,
And a variety of presentations to chose from in our showrooms.
They protect two fragile products from the light:
- 25° walnut oil (Nusswasser)
- "Lait de Poule", a 20° liqueur made from eggs and kirsch.
For some products we offer a range of various screen printed bottles.