aqua·​vit | \ˈä-kwə-ˌvēt \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈä-​kwə-​ˌvēt, ˈäk-​vä-​ \

Definition of aquavit 

: a clear Scandinavian liquor flavored with caraway seeds

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Drinks: Seafood also makes its way onto the drink menu with the Blackwater Bay, a spin on a bloody mary made with aquavit, steamed clams, squid ink and seaweed ($12). Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "15 new Chicago brunches for fall," 5 Oct. 2017 Scandinavia’s signature distilled spirit, aquavit, inspires the short list of signature cocktails. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Oskar's fills a food void in Louisville we didn't know we had | Review," 4 July 2018 The relative lack of interest in aquavit in the United States is not surprising. Jason Wilson, New York Times, "Jump-Starting the Aquavit Renaissance," 13 Mar. 2018 Available through early July, the Sailor Man uses a split base of rye and herb-forward aquavit. Grace Dickinson,, "Garden-inspired cocktails bring veggies from the kitchen to the bar," 20 June 2018 Drinks: Spice up your meal with Nick’s Razor Burn, CH peppercorn vodka and aquavit blended with lemonade and lime juice, or go sweet with a blueberry lemontini served with a sugar rim (both $13). Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "14 new brunches to brighten your Chicago summer," 31 May 2018 An oak cask of aquavit, spirits that, according to Norwegian tradition, should be carried on a ship across the equator and back. Marjie Lambert,, "Viking joins Miami's fleet of ocean-going cruise ships," 20 Feb. 2018 The aquavit was a nod to the Norwegian heritage of Viking's founding family. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Fast-growing Viking names fourth ocean ship, Viking Sun, in Shanghai," 8 Mar. 2018 In essence, aquavit is like a gin flavored with caraway or dill rather than juniper. Jason Wilson, New York Times, "Jump-Starting the Aquavit Renaissance," 13 Mar. 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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