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I had long wanted to try aquavit, and searched it out at the liquor store after having seen it in several recipes. I mixed the ingredients for this distinctive Aquavit Bitter cocktail, to enjoy while my husband went out with friends. However, when the guys arrived, they poured themselves tumblers of whiskey, and decided to stay put by the warm and cozy fire – disturbing my quiet and peaceful night of solitude.


aquavit bitter


2 ounces aquavit

1 ounce sweet vermouth

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 lemon twist for garnish, if desired

Fill a pint glass with ice. Add the aquavit, sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters and stir well. Strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist if desired.


Recipe adapted from Food and Wine, June 2012