How to Make Flavored Aquavits at Home
6 creative infusions for Sweden's most beloved libation
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. Restaurant Aquavit, a spot for Nordic food in New York City, makes a wide variety of flavored aquavits which they feature in the cocktails at the restaurant. These six fruity, fresh infusions are some of our favorites; they make great spirits to sip alone or add to cocktails. Simply combine ingredients with a 750-ml bottle of vodka and steep at room temperature, then strain before serving.
Grapefruit and Lemongrass Aquavit
Combine peel from 1 grapefruit with vodka; steep for 3 weeks; add 1 stalk of lemongrass, lightly smashed and tied in a knot and steep 1 more week before straining.
Fig and Cardamom Aquavit
Combine 8 dried and halved figs with vodka and steep for 3 weeks; add 4 toasted cardamom pods and steep 1 more week before straining.
Combine the peels of 4 fresh yuzu with vodka and steep for 4 weeks before straining.
Peach and Anise Aquavit
Combine 2 peeled and sliced peaches with vodka and steep for 4 weeks; add 1 star anise and steep for 1 more week before straining.
Combine 15 lightly mashed mint leaves with vodka and steep for 24 hours before straining.