The sought after spirit derives its name from aqua vitae (Latin for “water of life"). Today, the spirit is known to carry a taste similar to that of gin or vodka. HDC’s Bestemors (Grandmother in Norwegian) Aquavit is distilled from corn and enhanced in flavor with a blend of botanicals that include caraway, dill and orange peel. Before cutting the product down to 80 proof, we remove the botanicals after maceration and re-distill the spirit with the addition of fresh cracked caraway. This creates a crisp and clean take on the traditional Scandinavian aperitif that leads with a floral forward front and finishes with notes of black licorice on the palate.
While Aquavit is traditionally served during special festivities or holidays, it is extremely versatile and can be used in many common drinks. As its popularity has begun to grow in the states, it has quickly found a home in popular cocktails such as a French 75, Bloody Mary or an Aquavit and Tonic.