The Second-Best Amaretto Sour in the World


1 oz Krogstad Gamle aquavit
1 oz amaretto liqueur
1 oz lemon juice
1 teaspoon rich simple syrup
1/2 oz egg white
lemon twist, cherry, or star anise for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and give it a dry shake to aerate. Add ice and shake again. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish.

Created for Nordic Night at Fenrir in Portland, Oregon, as part of Aquavit Week 2014.


Dudley’s Solstice Punch

Solstice Punch: Raspberry infused aquavit, lemon, Pavan, sugar, and sparkling wine.

2 cups raspberry-infused aquavit
3/4 cups lemon juice
3/4 cups Pavan
1/2 cup sugar
peel of four lemons
2 bottles dry sparkling wine, chilled

Infuse the aquavit with a couple dozen or so raspberries. This can be a quick infusion; about an hour is fine. I used Krogstad Festlig but feel free to substitute others. Then make an oleo-saccharum with the lemon peels and sugar — Michael Dietsch explains how here. Combine this with the aquavit, leaving the macerated berries in, along with the lemon juice, Pavan, and sparkling wine. Add a block of ice if you have it and ladle into ice-filled glasses.


Stockholm 75


1 oz aquavit (Krogstad Festlig)
3/4 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 teaspoon Brooklyn Hemispherical Sriracha Bitters
dry sparkling wine
lemon peel, for garnish

Shake all but the wine with ice and strain into a champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a lemon twist.

Photo courtesy of 12 Bottle Bar, who has the full story of this cocktail from their series of Christmas drinks last year.


Scandinavian Spring


1 1/2 oz aquavit (Krogstad Festlig)
1/2 oz Maurin Quina
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz honey-lavender syrup*
lemon peel, for garnish

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

*Honey-lavender syrup:

1 cup honey
1 cup hot water
1/4 cup lavender flowers

Combine all ingredients and let steep until cool. Strain and bottle.


Golden Lion


1 1/2 oz Dolin blanc vermouth
3/4 oz North Shore aquavit
1/2 oz Galliano L’Autentico
2 dashes Berg and Hauck’s celery bitters
lemon peel, for garnish

Stir with ice and serve up with a lemon twist.

The cumin notes in North Shore aquavit are key in this drink. If unavailable, substitute with cumin-infused vodka:

1 cup vodka
2 teaspoons cumin seeds

Steep overnight and strain.