Well, actually, schnapps is generic, but, to my chagrin, it does come from the German word: schnaps, which has one 'p'. German schnaps is clear, colorless, and has a light fruit flavor. It is distilled from fermented fruit must, is bottled with no added sugar, and normally contains about 40% ABV (80 proof). American schnapps are alcoholic beverages that are produced by mixing neutral grain spirit with fruit flavors or with other flavors. This mixture is then bottled with added sugar and (usually) glycerine, producing a smooth, syrup-like drink. Their alcohol content can be between 15% and 50% ABV (30–100 proof). The German stuff is good, the American stuff is swill.