Odin’s Akvavit Recipe

Okay, here we go. For that truly unique Scandinavian experience. Making your own Akvavit …

1. Ingredients:

  • 1 liter of 60% well cut neutral
  • 15 grams of caraway seeds (crushed)
  • 5 grams of coriander seeds (crushed)
  • 1 gram of dill
  • 0.5 gram of cardamom
  • water

2 a. Approach with herbs in the boiler:

  • Add the herbs to the liter of 60%
  • Allow it to macerate for 12 to 24 hours
  • Add water to lower the ABV from 60% to 30%
  • Put everything in your boiler
  • Pot distill (you will probably collect 40%  of total boiler contents)
  • Dilute to 42% drinking strength
  • Give the drink 5 weeks rest in a glass demijohn before you try it

2 b. Approach when you cannot distill with herbs in the boiler:

  • Add the herbs to the liter of 60%
  • Allow it to macerate for 14 days
  • Filter the herbs out of the maceration
  • Add water to lower the ABV from 60% to 30%
  • Put the liquids in your boiler
  • Pot distill (you will probably collect 40% of total boiler contents)
  • Dilute to 42% drinking strength
  • Give the drink 5 weeks rest in a glass demijohn before you try it

3. If you want to age your Akvavit “Norwegian Style”, I would do it like this:

  • Do not dilute your fresh Akvavit to 42%, but to 60%
  • Add 3 grams of Sherry cask wood per liter
  • Let it sit “on the wood” for five weeks
  • Filter the wood out
  • Dilute your Akvavit to 42% drinking strength
  • And give the drink 5 weeks rest in a glass demijohn prior to consumption

This recipe is perfectly scalable. You want twice as much? Just do everything “times two”. Ten times more? Multiply by 10. Good luck!

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