Aquavit is a unique drink distilled with a special blend of Scandinavian herbs and spices.
The word origin of Aquavit comes from the word “aqua vitae”, which means water of life.
It is a strong drink with 37.5% alcohol content.
Regional differences in production have led to the emergence of various flavor profiles.
Swedish and Danish aquavit is generally produced on a grain basis.
“Norwegian Aquavit” is a name protected at the same level as “French Cognac”. It must be distilled in Norway from at least 95% Norwegian potatoes and aged in oak barrels for at least six months. It should also contain cumin or dill seeds.
Unlike gin, which is flavored only with juniper, aquavit is flavored with a variety of spices and herbs. These flavorings include dill, anise, fennel, lemon, orange peel, cardamom, coriander and black pepper. The signature spice of the drink is known as cumin.
If you’re new to the world of aquavit, Swedish aquavit is a great first experience. Its style is strongly based on cumin, matured to create a smooth smoking experience.
Aquavit matured in barrels gains flavor depending on which barrels are used. Norwegian aquavit matures in ex-oak sherry casks offshore. During this journey, it develops its unique softness and flavor.
When not aged, it has a neutral aroma similar to vodka.
Aquavit is a good meal accompaniment. When sipped properly slowly, it will release flavors in food and enhance the overall taste experience. It complements smoked salmon, marinated fish and other lightly flavored seafood dishes.
With its unique smoothness and subtle taste, it makes an excellent addition to a wide variety of drinks and cocktails. To bring a new breath to the classics, simply replace vodka or gin in cocktails with aquavit. This new version of Bloody Mary, Negroni or Tom Collins is worth exploring…
The unaged version of this drink is usually served cold in shot glasses.
Serve the ripened version in a tulip-shaped glass at room temperature and let its seductive aromas fully emerge.