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. Get the recipe for Swedish Mint Julep
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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.
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.
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.
Madison Avenue Manhattan
Aquavit steeped with dried figs and toasted cardamom adds sweetness and warm spicy notes to this twist on a Manhattan.