Andreas Viestad's Mock Aquavit

Recipe by Julesong
READY IN: 336hrs
YIELD: 1 liter




  • Open the vodka bottle, add all the remaining ingredients, and cover tightly.
  • Let stand in a cool, dark place for 2 to 3 weeks, shaking every 3 or 4 days – how long you let it sit depends on how strong you want it, so taste it after 2 weeks to see if you want to let it go longer.
  • When it’s as strong as you’d like, strain the solids through a sieve and discard them, then transfer the aquavit back into the bottle.
  • To serve: place your aquavit in the freezer until chilled and you can also place your 1 ounce tall glasses in the refrigerator until chilled – then serve (ask your Scandinavian friends about toasting practices with aquavit, as it can be rather complicated).
  • Note: some people prefer non-potato vodka – use whatever you like.