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

Definition of aquavit

: a clear Scandinavian liquor flavored with caraway seeds

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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 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

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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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