aqua·​vit ˈä-kwə-ˌvēt How to pronounce aquavit (audio)
variants or less commonly akvavit
ˈä-kwə-ˌvēt How to pronounce aquavit (audio)
: a clear Scandinavian liquor flavored with caraway seeds

Examples of aquavit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Swedish aquavit, once made with low-quality alcohol, got its flavor from spices. Ronnie Koenig, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 The ship, which began operating the Svalbard Express route in June, now has smartly decorated cabins, a photo studio, and an extensive cocktail lounge serving Norwegian gins and aquavits. Rick Jordan, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 July 2023 One standout is the Aimsir Distilling Co., which makes gin, bourbon, vodka, and aquavit, and has a beautiful Art Deco–inspired tasting room. Christina Liao, Travel + Leisure, 16 June 2023 The Aneth Avec pierces through you like a dirty martini on an empty stomach, allying aquavit and gin with Lillet Blanc, cucumber bitters and a ton of dill. Emma Balter, Chron, 23 Mar. 2023 For the Bloody Mary: Combine aquavit and 4 oz. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, 18 Nov. 2020 Curing salmon, pickling herring, and making my own infused aquavit a week ahead of the festivities. Vogue, 28 June 2021 The Soft Damn is another standout along these lines, using aquavit to hold down fino sherry, amaro, vermouth, and pachouli, of all modifiers. Brad Japhe, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 An easier way to stay on theme might simply be finding a bottle of aquavit and going to town. Vulture, 11 Feb. 2022

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aquavit was in 1864

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“Aquavit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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