December 9, 2014

“Mock Aquavit” by Andreas Viestad 2014

Fylgia #119 Norcal scandi.

try playing with spices to get that OP Anderson taste for a Julbord

  • 2 tsp caraway seeds
  • 1 TB coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp dill seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 whole clove
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds (optional)
  • 1 750 ml /liter bottle potato or other good vodka

Open the vodka bottle, add all the remaining ingredients and cover tightly (Note: option  to warm all the spices in a dry frying pan until they begin to release their essence)

Let stand in a cool, dark place for 1 to 2 weeks, gently shake every 2 or 3 days. How long you let it sit depends on how strong you want it, so taste it after 7 days to see if you want to let it go longer. Strain the solids through a sieve and discard them, then transfer the aquavit back into the bottle.  If it becomes too strong, you can dilute it with a little plain Absolut or other vodka. (optional- add dash Marsala wine)

You can add a little orange or lemon rind.  A little goes a long way.

To serve: place your aquavit in the freezer until chilled.


Aquavit Ginger Snap

December 9, 2014

WSJ dec 2014 … NYC Aquavit restaurant makes 1 bottle, serve with spiced hot chocolate


  • scrub 1 thumb size piece ginger, slice into coins. Add sliced ginger to a glass mason jar or bottle.
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 30 cloves
  • zest of ½ orange (use vegetable peeler)
  • 750 ml good vodka.
  • Seal and store in cool place out of direct light 5-7 days. turn bottle every couple days. Strain away all spices. fine sieve or coffee filter.

Spiced Hot Chocolate – serves 2

  • Into a med pot add:
  • 1¼C milk
  • Zest of ¼ orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick crushed into large fragments
  • 10 cloves
  • 1½ TB peeled and coarsely chopped ginger

Simmer gently 15 minutes, do not scald milk. Then add:

  • Add 1 TB cocoa powder
  • 3 TB light brown sugar
  • 1¼ oz dark chocolate

Whisk until chocolate melts and cocoa is completely mixed. Turn off heat. Add 1 to 2 oz of Ginger Snap aquavit to hot chocolate. Strain into 2 cups/glasses.

Whip ½ C heavy cream until soft peaks form.

top cups/glasses with whipped cream, sprinkle with cocoa powder.