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.


Danish 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.

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.


Fujisaki Fizz

1½ oz Aquavit–Private Reserve
¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz Spiced Apple Syrup
1½ oz Sparkling Apple Cider

Shake first three ingredients with ice, strain into champagne flute or coupe glass. Top with cider, and garnish with a lemon curl.

You can serve this one by the punchbowl or pitcher, too – simply multiply by # of servings desired and double the apple cider. Garnish with lemon or apple slices.

Fireside Frost

1½ oz Aquavit-Private Reserve
¼ oz Angostura Bitters
¾ oz Honey Syrup
½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Club Soda

Shake first four ingredients with ice, strain into an ice-filled collins glass. Top with soda, garnish with lemon curl or cinnamon stick, or both.