Schnapps is a spirit distilled from fruits, such as pears, apples, peaches, or cherries. Real German Schnapps has no sugar added and is not particularly sweet, though it carries some of the flavors of its source fruit. The French eau de vie is analogous to this spirit’s subtle fruit flavors. Even though true Schnapps is just distilled fruit juice with no added sugar, the word is often used to mean something else, especially in the United States.
Like a liqueur, this kind usually has a lot of sugar and extra flavorings, making it very sweet.