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
½ a Lime
Ginger Beer

Squeeze half of lime into tall glass (or a copper mug, if you have one); 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.


Spiced Collins

History: This variation on the classic Tom Collins is refreshing and accessible, it’s a great way to introduce people to this incredible spirit.

1½ oz Aquavit – Private Reserve
¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz Spiced Orange Syrup
Club Soda

Shake first three ingredients with ice; strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Top with soda and stir lightly. Garnish with a lemon twist.


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.

Aquavit – Private Reserve Cocktails