'aquavit' on Serious Eats

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In Italy, an espresso is often served with a lemon twist. Leo Robitschek of Eleven Madison Park in Manhattan evokes that classic, combining lemon with coffee in a drink that adds bittersweet amaro and caraway-scented aquavit. More

DIY vs. Buy: How to Make Aquavit

My liquor cabinet is starting to resemble a liquid United Nations, with almost every region and culture accounted for. Until recently, however, Scandinavia was sorely missing from the General Assembly. Then a bartender in L.A. served me a spritzer that had a savory rye-bread kind of flavor to it that I couldn't quite place. I figured she had gotten creative with a syrup. But when I asked how she got that flavor, she whipped out a bottle of aquavit. I quickly got to work experimenting with making my own. More

DIY Aquavit

Aquavit is a Scandinavian spirit that dates back to the 1500s. Much like gin, it's a neutral spirit flavored with botanicals—only caraway seed is the primary flavoring instead of juniper berries. Use aquavit instead of vodka in a cocktail recipe to add a bold and savory kick. More

Sugar Rush: Aquavit's Arctic Nest

Rounds of blueberry sorbet are topped in a snow of frozen shaved yogurt and lemon. The crunchy, nutty tuile base serves as a nest for an "egg" made of the same goat cheese parfait found in the Arctic Circle. It's dipped in a shell of of while chocolate and nestled upon fluffy house-made kataifi. More

Time for a Drink: The Trident

The Negroni is a classic cocktail composed of equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Campari. The Trident takes the same formula, but swaps out each of the ingredients. In place of the herbaceous character of gin, the Trident uses the cumin-and-caraway flavors of aquavit ; sweet vermouth is replaced with the nuttiness of dry sherry; and for the bitter edge, Cynar takes the place of Campari. More

Top 10 Desserts of 2010

We've got a tartufo with silky hot fudge, my favorite blueberry tart in the city, a tiramisu to die for, and an equally divine chocolate eclair—as well as a soft-serve stuffed eclair in the East Village. There's hot breakfast ensaimadas and a classic on Aquavit's dessert menu. And don't forget the Whoopie Pie! Today, our Top 10 Desserts of 2010. More

Aquavit Primer: the Scandinavian Spirit

Derived from the Latin aqua vitae, or water of life, aquavit has been made throughout northern Europe for centuries. Typically made from grain or potato spirits, aquavit may be flavored with a number of different botanicals, giving the spirit a savory, herbaceous character. Caraway is one defining example, though aquavit may also include dill, fennel, clove, cardamom and other herbs and spices. More

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