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    Making aquavit this way is a really fun way to experiment with aromas. If you have the time and patience to wait for a couple of weeks -- you will be rewarded.
    By Andreas Viestad

    Mock Aquavit and Spiced Spirits

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    Servings: 4

    PREPARATION:

    • 1

      Add the spices to the vodka bottle and cover tightly. Let stand for 2 to 3 weeks, depending on how strong you want the aquavit to be. Shake the bottle every once in a while.

    • 2

      When the aquavit has reached the desired intensity of flavor, strain and discard the solids; return the aquavit to the bottle.

    • 3

      Good Easy-to-Make Schnapps

    Schnapps with dill: Add 1 small bunch fresh dill to a bottle of vodka. Let stand for 1 to 2 days.

    Schnapps with ginger: Add a 1½-inch piece of ginger, cut into slices, to a bottle of vodka. Let stand for 2 to 4 days. Strain out the ginger before serving.

    Schnapps with cinnamon and cardamom: Add 1 cinnamon stick and 2 cardamom pods to a bottle of vodka. Leave the spices in the vodka indefinitely.

    Snaps with horseradish: Add 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped horseradish to a bottle of vodka. Let stand for 12 to 24 hours. Strain out the horseradish before serving.

    Snaps with mint: Add 1 small bunch mint (2 ounces) to a bottle of vodka. Let stand for 2 days.

    Snaps with blueberries and cinnamon: Add 1/3 cup wild blueberries and 1/2 cinnamon stick to a bottle of vodka. Let stand for 2 days before straining out the blueberries; the cinnamon can be left in the vodka indefinitely or until you find the cinnamon flavoring overpowering.

    Snaps with lemongrass and star anise: Add 2 stalks trimmed lemongrass, 3 star anise, and 4 black peppercorns to a bottle of vodka. The spices can be left in indefinitely or until you find the flavoring overpowering.

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  • Servings: 4

    PREPARATION:

    • 1

      Add the spices to the vodka bottle and cover tightly. Let stand for 2 to 3 weeks, depending on how strong you want the aquavit to be. Shake the bottle every once in a while.

    • 2

      When the aquavit has reached the desired intensity of flavor, strain and discard the solids; return the aquavit to the bottle.

    • 3

      Good Easy-to-Make Schnapps

    Schnapps with dill: Add 1 small bunch fresh dill to a bottle of vodka. Let stand for 1 to 2 days.

    Schnapps with ginger: Add a 1½-inch piece of ginger, cut into slices, to a bottle of vodka. Let stand for 2 to 4 days. Strain out the ginger before serving.

    Schnapps with cinnamon and cardamom: Add 1 cinnamon stick and 2 cardamom pods to a bottle of vodka. Leave the spices in the vodka indefinitely.

    Snaps with horseradish: Add 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped horseradish to a bottle of vodka. Let stand for 12 to 24 hours. Strain out the horseradish before serving.

    Snaps with mint: Add 1 small bunch mint (2 ounces) to a bottle of vodka. Let stand for 2 days.

    Snaps with blueberries and cinnamon: Add 1/3 cup wild blueberries and 1/2 cinnamon stick to a bottle of vodka. Let stand for 2 days before straining out the blueberries; the cinnamon can be left in the vodka indefinitely or until you find the cinnamon flavoring overpowering.

    Snaps with lemongrass and star anise: Add 2 stalks trimmed lemongrass, 3 star anise, and 4 black peppercorns to a bottle of vodka. The spices can be left in indefinitely or until you find the flavoring overpowering.

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