We’re here, though, to talk specifically about Aquavit, the traditional Nordic spirit that walks and talks a little bit like gin, while following a few of its own unique botanical rules. But, before we launch our long-ships on seas perfumed by caraway and dill, let’s take a moment so that you can make yourself a drink,
In this Aquavit-driven conversation with Christian Krogstad, creator of Krogstad Aquavit, some of the topics we discuss include:
What differentiates Aquavit from other botanical spirits like gin and genever
How Christian noticed an impending gap in Aquavit imports and used it as an opportunity to develop and launch his own brand.
The place that this Nordic spirit holds in Scandinavian cuisine and culture, including which foods to pair it with.
A few cocktails to play around with as you begin to build out your Aquavit collection at home,
What to drink with a college-age Stephen Hawking,
And much, much more
Featured Cocktail: Norwegian Paralysis
This episode’s featured cocktail is the Norwegian Paralysis. Developed by Martin Cate of Smuggler’s Cove fame, it’s a relatively low-ABV Tiki drink that gives Aquavit a chance to stretch its tropical legs. To make it, you’ll need: