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Homemade Aquavit


Yields 4 bottles of about 8 oz.

Flavored vodkas may be all the rage with the chocolate martini set, but aquavit—a traditional, spice-infused spirit from Scandinavia—is a far more sophisticated tipple with notes of fennel, caraway, and coriander. Although aquavit keeps well at room temperature, it’s traditionally served chilled.

  • 3 Tbs. whole coriander seeds
  • 2 Tbs. whole fennel seeds
  • 1 Tbs. caraway seeds
  • 1 Tbs. dill seed
  • 1 liter vodka (I like Stoli)
  • 6 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 whole cloves

With a mortar and pestle, lightly crush the coriander, fennel, caraway, and dill seed.

In a large, airtight glass container, combine the vodka with the crushed spices, peppercorns, and cloves. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 2 weeks, gently shaking the jar every 2 or 3 days. Strain the vodka into 4 clean 8-oz. glass bottles. Discard the spices.

Photo: Scott Phillips

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