A Schnapspfeifle

I bought on my recent trip to the Black Forest in a souvenir shop of Titisee a  Schnapspfeifle. (I try in general to explore tourist shops in places I visit where I can buy cups as a souvenir with the emblem of the town or city):

I was wondering what a Schnapspfeifle is and how we need to use it.

Schnapps is German for an alcoholic beverage. This is how Wikipedia explains it:

Schnapps is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage. The English word schnapps is derived from the German Schnaps (plural, Schnäpse), which can refer to any strong alcoholic drink but particularly those containing at least 32% ABV (64 proof). American schnapps, however, are liqueurs.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schnapps

And a Pfeifle is German for a little pipe.

After posting my question on the German forum at http://forum.ahnenforschung.net, someone explained to me the following:

A tobacco pipe is predominantly made of wood (briar-wood) and less commonly is it made of ceramic, metal or sea-foam (sepiolite clay material). A tobacco pipe has a combustion chamber for the tobacco and at the other end a mouth piece.
A schnapspfeifle has exactly the same basic design. It is usually made of glass or ceramic and can be placed on the bottom of the combustion chamber. The combustion chamber gets instead of tobacco filled with liquor and it should be consumed through the mouthpiece.
It requires some practice so as not to choke when sucking too hard.
The schnapspfeifle are in general painted in alpine style. Sometimes the combustion chamber has 3 or 4 feet and sometimes it has a smooth bottom.

Here is the original German text:

ganz einfach: Eine Tabakspfeife besteht überwiegend aus Holz (Bruyère-Holz), seltener aus Keramik, Metall oder Meerschaum (Tonmaterial Sepiolith) und hat eine Brennkammer für den Tabak und am anderen Ende ein Mundstück.
Exakt den gleichen Grundaufbau hat eine Schnapspfeife. Sie ist meist aus Glas oder Keramik und kann auf die Unterseite der Brennkammer hingestellt werden. Statt Tabak in die Brennkammer füllt man sie mit Schnaps und zieht das Getränk durch das Mundstück in den Mund. Es erfordert etwas Übung, damit man nicht zu stark dran zieht und sich eventuell verschluckt. Die Schnapspfeifen sind meist im alpenländischen Stil bemalt, manchmal steht die “Brennkammer” statt auf einem glatten Boden auch auf 3 oder 4 Füßchen.
Ich hoffe, ich konnte Dir den Begriff verständlich machen.
Liebe Grüße
Karl Heinz

Another ‘Schnapspfeifle’ but from Crystal (on  feet):

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