Sip On These Six Cocktails For Aquavit Week

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Sip On These Six Cocktails For Aquavit Week

It’s Aquavit Week!

Across the country, bars, restaurants and other organizations are celebrating this classic Scandinavian spirit with happy hours, dedicated cocktail menus, educational events and more.

If you’re not in an area that’s participating or simply prefer to indulge at home, here’s a collection of some of our favorite aquavit cocktail recipes you can create and enjoy.


Malmö Mule


  • 2 oz aquavit
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed lime
  • 2 oz ginger beer
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • Garnish: lime wheel, sprig of mint

Directions: Combine mint leaves, simple syrup, lime juice and aquavit in a shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Double strain over fresh ice. Top with ginger beer. Add garnish.

 Tip: Try muddling in fresh wild strawberries to sweeten things up. Or if you enjoy more tart cocktails, muddle in a few lingonberries.

Aquavit Spritzer


  • 1 tbsp. raw sugar
  • 3/4 c. berry preserves, preferably lingonberry
  • 4 c. soda water (32 oz)
  • 4 c. aquavit or vodka
  • 8 lemon twists

 Directions: Combine sugar and 1 tbsp. hot water in a pitcher and stir to dissolve. Add preserves and gently mix then add soda water and aquavit. Serve over ice and garnish with a twist.


The Electric Jellyfish


  • 1.5 oz aquavit
  • 1.5 oz Dolin Blanc
  • .25 oz Green Chartreuse
  • .75 oz of fresh lime juice
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • Several drops of spirulina tincture
  • Fresh mint

Directions: Pour ingredients into shaker. Add ice and shake until chilled. Double strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass. Waft mint and add as garnish. Float several drops of spirulina tincture.

 An Evening in Basil


  • 5 oz aquavit
  • .75 oz lemon juice
  • .5 oz honey
  • .25 oz Liquore Strega
  • 5-6 basil leaves

Directions: Pour the Strega into a mixing glass and add basil leaves; muddle well. Pour the rest of the ingredients, add ice and shake well until chilled. Double strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a lemon peel.

Svenska Spring


  • 1.5 oz aquavit
  • .75 oz fresh lemon juice
  • .5 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
  • .25 oz Benedictine
  • .25 oz Ancho Reyes ancho chili liqueur
  • Candied ginger

Directions: Pour all ingredients into a shaker, add ice and shake until chilled. Double strain into a coupe glass and add skewered candied ginger.

Crystal Vision


  • 1 oz. aquavit
  • 1 oz. Dolin Blanc
  • ½ oz. Bulldog Gin
  • ½ oz. Becherovka
  • ½ oz. Cocchi Americano
  • ¼ oz. Giffard Pêche de vigne
  • 3 dashes of saline tincture
  • 4 drops of orange flower water

Directions: Combine all ingredients (except orange flower water) in a shaker. Add ice and stir. Strain into a rocks glass over an ice cube. Add four drops of orange flower water.

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