Last week Germans around the world celebrated Fasching. This Catholic tradition, known as Mardi Gras in Spanish-speaking countries, is one of the biggest festivals in the German calendar. It’s the party that precedes Lent; a time of celebration, street carnivals, and colourful traditional costumes.

In honour of my own German heritage, today’s drink is not strictly a cocktail, it’s a liqueur that’s usually drunk neat: Obstwasser.

Obst is the German word for fruit, and like the better known Schnapps, this clear liqueur is distilled from fruits – in this case apples and pears. The drink has been around several centuries, and was made medicinally in monasteries as long ago as the sixteenth century. These days there are a wide variety on the market. Prost!