Aquavit Cocktails

In Sweden, home cooks make aquavit by infusing a clear spirit distilled from grain or potatoes with an infinite variety of spices, herbs, and other flavorful botanicals. It's easy to make your own at home with a bottle of vodka or other clear spirit and a little creativity. These cocktails each feature a different aquavit, from fig and cardamom to grapefruit and lemongrass.

Swedish Mule
Swedish Mule
In this Moscow Mule variation, vodka is infused with lemongrass and grapefruit to make aquavit.Helen Rosner
Swedish Mint Julep
Swedish Mint Julep
In addition to using caraway and dill—the most traditional flavors for aquavit—in Sweden, home cooks make the spirit with an infinite variety of spices, herbs, and other flavorful botanicals.Helen Rosner
Yuzu and Tonic
Yuzu and Tonic
Yuzu, a citrus fruit that hails from Japan, adds a tart, almost floral flavor when used as a flavoring agent; Restaurant Aquavit in Manhattan pairs it with tonic water for a simple, fragrant cocktail.Helen Rosner
Scandinavian Bellini
Scandinavian Bellini
Aquavit infused with peaches and anise pairs wonderfully with peach purée for a Swedish twist on a bellini from Manhattan's Restaurant Aquavit.Helen Rosner
White Cosmopolitan
White Cosmopolitan
Restaurant Aquavit in New York City makes their signature aquavit with white cranberry and caraway. Its fruity, faintly herbal flavor makes a wonderful accent to sweet cocktails like this refreshing take on a Cosmopolitan.Helen Rosner
Madison Avenue Manhattan
Madison Avenue Manhattan
Aquavit steeped with dried figs and toasted cardamom adds sweetness and warm spicy notes to this twist on a Manhattan.Helen Rosner