Aquavit – Private Reserve is delicious straight from the bottle, or straight from the freezer.  Both are traditional in some parts of Scandinavia.  While it’s less traditional, we also enjoy making great cocktails with our Aquavit – here are a few current favorites.


Bloody (lores)

Swedish Mary

1½ oz Aquavit – Private Reserve
3-4 oz Bloody Mary Mix (your favorite one, or housemade)

Combine ingredients over ice, stir well. Garnish with a sprig of dill or your favorite Bloody Mary garnish.

Nordic Mule

2 oz Aquavit – Private Reserve
1/2 Lime
Ginger Beer

Squeeze half of lime into tall glass; add aquavit. Fill with ice, top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge.


The Midnight Sun

History: From the late 1800’s, though rarely known.  A deliciously different cocktail.

1½ oz Aquavit-Private Reserve
½ oz Grapefruit Juice
½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
¼ oz Simple Syrup
¼ oz Real Grenadine

Shake all ingredients over ice, strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with orange slice.

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Nordic Old Fashioned

History: Adapted from the classic Old Fashioned, with just a slight twist.

2 oz Aquavit – Private Reserve
¼ oz Demerara (or plain) Simple Syrup
A few dashes of Angostura bitters
Swath of grapefruit peel

Muddle peel, bitters, and syrup in an old-fashioned glass. Add aquavit and fill with ice. Stir well with bar spoon, then serve.


Spiced Coffee

1½ oz Aquavit–Private Reserve
1 oz Simple Syrup
5 oz Hot Dark Roast Coffee
Spiced Whipped Cream

Combine first three ingredients in a mug and stir well. Top with whipped cream (cream beaten with cinnamon, cardamom, allspice and/or nutmeg). Sprinkle with additional ground spices if desired. Also delicious with cold brew coffee!

Norwegian Spring

2 oz Aquavit-Private Reserve
½ oz Simple Syrup
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
2 Fresh Cucumber Slices, Quartered
Sprig of Dill

Muddle cucumber, dill and syrup. Add aquavit and lime, shake with ice. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a cucumber wheel on the rim.

Herring and Aquavit lores