aqua·​vit | \ ˈä-kwə-ˌvēt How to pronounce aquavit (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈä-​kwə-​ˌvēt How to pronounce akvavit (audio) , ˈäk-​vä-​ \

Definition of aquavit

: a clear Scandinavian liquor flavored with caraway seeds

Examples of aquavit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Apple brandy is infused with chamomile and mixed with Tattersall’s best-in-class aquavit, Americano and a squeeze of lemon for one of our favorite cocktails of the year, and maybe one of our favorites period. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Our picks: best cocktails of 2019," 25 Dec. 2019 Toast the spices over medium heat until fragrant, about 3 minutes, then remove the pot from the heat and slowly add the aquavit. M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, "Make the Swedish mulled wine glogg, and your house will smell like Christmas," 13 Dec. 2019 Open Tuesday-Saturday at 1085 Mission St.; Scandinavian small plates and housemade aquavit are the focus at this cozy spot located inside the Inn at the Opera, just steps from the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "5 best San Francisco restaurants near the big theaters," 22 Aug. 2019 The eatery in West Hollywood is tapping Elton John as the muse for Rocket Man, a $15 cocktail shaken with mezcal, aquavit, lime, Fino sherry, gentian liqueur and arugula, which provides the vivid green tint as well as the healthy garnish. Khanh T.l. Tran, The Hollywood Reporter, "Drink and Dish: Patton Oswalt's Comedy Dinner, Miley Cyrus-Approved Vegan Hot Spot," 30 July 2019 As the Times points out, mezcal, aquavit, rum and even bourbon have been substituted for gin in recent years. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Approaching Its 100th Birthday, The Negroni is Having a Comeback," 28 June 2019 Her opening roster of spirits features white whiskey, gin, rum and aquavit. Josh Noel,, "Three Floyds launches distillery with the iconic brewery's same 'it's not normal' point of view," 6 June 2019 The 110 smørrebrød combinations pair well with the 140 schnapps and aquavits. Bon Appetit, "Restaurant Schønnemann," 18 June 2018 Tact is required for the sample flight of aquavits, one from each Nordic country. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "New Nordic? Seattle’s Scandinavian food scene reaches far beyond lutefisk and lingonberries," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of aquavit

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aquavit

Swedish, Dan, & Norwegian akvavit, from Medieval Latin aqua vitae

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The first known use of aquavit was in 1864

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“Aquavit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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