Sunday, January 6, 2013

Aquavit: Not Just for Christmas

Maybe you enjoy a shot of aquavit with your Christmas lutefisk, but this beverage is much more than just a holiday fish chaser.

This year my husband and I made mock aquavit to give as gifts for the holidays. While it's a fast and simple holiday gift idea, it's a fun project any time of year. Why not make some for your next gathering with friends? We infused our aquavit with fennel and orange, but there are dozens of flavor possibilities. Check out Scandinavian food blogger Kari Deihl's instructions on

Or, how about aquavit for dessert? Try this recipe for aquavit sorbet from Norwegian chef Andreas Viestad on the New Scandinavian Cooking blog. Viestad also suggests serving it as a palette cleanser (but probably not for the same meal!) by making it with less sugar.

Finally, if you like Bloody Marys, you'll want to meet Mary's Norwegian cousin, "Blodig Maren." This recipe for Aquavit Bloody Marys from gives the classic cocktail a Nordic twist.

What's your favorite way to enjoy aquavit? Leave a comment below or drop me a note at

Amy Boxrud is editor of Viking magazine. She lives with her family in Northfield, Minn., where she’s a member of Nordmarka 1-585. 

Photo courtesy of Doug Bratland.

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