aqua·​vit | \ ˈä-kwə-ˌvēt How to pronounce aquavit (audio) \
variants: or less commonly akvavit \ ˈä-​kwə-​ˌvēt How to pronounce aquavit (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 Stir in 1 more teaspoon aquavit, and refrigerate 1 hour. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 The drink on Page 127 is a play on a Sazerac, made with an amaro, Bigillet China-China, plus rye whiskey, bitters and an aquavit rinse; 163 is a highball of amontillado sherry, Cynar, creme de cassis and tonic water. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Aug. 2021 The idea is as Norwegian as cross-country skis and aquavit. Jen Rose Smith, National Geographic, 11 Sep. 2020 The same can be said for this DIY aquavit from chef Emma Bengtsson. WSJ, 1 July 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 30 July 2019 See More

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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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“Aquavit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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