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An Impromptu International Aquavit Summit at Marvel Bar

I recently had the pleasure of joining Joe Spiegel, the Wyoming-based importer of Iceland’s Brennivin, and Mike McCarron, the owner of the Minnesota/Wisconsin brand Gamle Ode for drinks at Marvel Bar in Minneapolis. Bartender Tyler Kleinow started us off with … Continue reading

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Brennivin’s Christmas Spirit Aquavit

When I interviewed Joe Spiegel, the U.S. importer of Iceland’s Brennivin aquavit last May, he mentioned that the distillery made a limited edition Christmas aquavit each year, and that he was hoping to bring it into our market. I was … Continue reading

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Brennivin: The First New Scandinavian Aquavit to Hit the U.S. in Years

We’re in the beginnings of an American aquavit golden age right now, with three strong domestic regional brands poised for greater distribution: Krogstad in Seattle (now available in NYC); North Shore in Chicago (now selling in California and as far … Continue reading

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An Interview With Jacob Grier

Some of the best bartenders are really interesting people. In addition to being the originator of the Bone Luge trend, Portland, Oregon-based Jacob Grier is known for creating beer cocktails (he’s working on a book of them), his championing of … Continue reading

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Making Horseradish Vodka

Aquavit, the Midtown Manhattan Swedish restaurant that launched chef Marcus Samuelsson’s celebrity status, has long had a great list of spirit infusions. On the menu, they’re called aquavits, but this isn’t technically true by the definition of aquavit most of … Continue reading

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Bäska Snaps: Internationally Bitter

Bäska Snaps med Malört is an accidentally international spirit: it’s a Swedish recipe produced for an American company by a French distiller. And strangely, it makes perfect sense. The American company, Bittermens, is known for its bitters. The Swedish recipe … Continue reading

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The Old Bay Ridge Cocktail

Aquavit is notoriously difficult to mix. Maybe it shouldn’t be — it’s not so far off from gin — but ask your average cocktail enthusiast for the name of a good aquavit cocktail and he or she might pause and … Continue reading

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