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.
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