noun \ˈä-kwə-ˌvēt\

Definition of AQUAVIT

:  a clear Scandinavian liquor flavored with caraway seeds

Variants of AQUAVIT

aqua·vit also ak·va·vit \ˈä-kwə-ˌvēt, ˈäk-vä-\

Origin of AQUAVIT

Swedish, Dan, & Norwegian akvavit, from Medieval Latin aqua vitae
First Known Use: 1864


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(from Latin aqua vitae, “water of life”) Scandinavian clear distilled liquor flavoured with caraway seeds. Distilled from a fermented potato or grain mash, filtered with charcoal, and usually bottled without aging, aquavit has an alcohol content of 42–45% by volume. Most aquavits are sweet and spicy. It is usually served chilled and unmixed, in small glasses.


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