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Homemade Aquavit Recipe

12 Days of Edible Gifts: Homemade Aquavit

Strawberry-infused tequila, Irish cream, limoncello, and gin: if ever there's been a DIY spirit, we've made it. What, I pondered, could we tackle next?

When the Scandinavian food trend hit tables this year, the answer dawned on me: aquavit! This time-honored Norwegian spirit — infused with the flavors of spices such as coriander, caraway, fennel, and dill seed — seems oh-so-festive for the holidays. Make a batch for your friends, then hoard a bottle for yourself! For full effect, serve it chilled in shot glasses with smoked salmon with dill, rye crackers, and other Nordic fare. Skål!

Read ahead for an easy homemade aquavit recipe.

Homemade Aquavit

Homemade Aquavit

Homemade Aquavit


3 tablespoons whole coriander seeds
2 tablespoons fennel seeds
1 tablespoon caraway seed
1 tablespoon dill seed
1 liter vodka
6 whole black peppercorns
2 whole cloves


  1. With a mortar and pestle, lightly crush the coriander, fennel, caraway, and dill seeds.
  2. 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-ounce glass bottles. Discard the spices.

Makes 4 bottles.

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Kristy-Ellington Kristy-Ellington 4 years
I can fully attest to its spicy deliciousness! Had some in the office after this photo shoot :)
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 4 years
True that! I guarantee you'll have some nice spicy characteristics, even after a couple of days.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 4 years
I'm glad to hear that Susannah since we're less than two weeks from christmas!
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 4 years
Rancher's Girl, it's really a ton of fun to drink. Also, I have tried infusing it for shorter than two weeks, and it still winds up having a very potent flavor.
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 4 years
So glad to see this! Aquavit is a fave of mine but the real thing is way out of my budget. This will be a wonderful substitute. :)
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