Total Time: 5 hrs 10 mins
Hands-on Time: 10 mins
Makes: 750 mL
Aquavit, derived from the Latin “aqua vitae” or “water of life,” first gained popularity in 15th century Scandinavia, where it’s been a traditional accompaniment to a smorgasbord. The flavorful infusions gained popularity in the cool Nordic climate, which allows easy chilling of them in a snow bank or out in the woodshed. Swedes have popularly quipped that aquavit helps fish dishes like pickled herring and lutefisk swim down to the stomach. Skål!
1. Combine all ingredients in a quart jar and seal. Swirling periodically, let the aromatics infuse for 5 hours.
2. Strain the mixture well. Pour liquid back into the vodka bottle and store in freezer. Sip cold, in small shots.
*Try to find a light-flavored vodka to allow the aromatic ingredients to stand out.
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