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9 Awesome Aquavit Cocktails to Try Right Now in MPLS

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Whether you call it aquavit, akvavit, or akevitt, this herbed, spiced Scandinavian liquor is making a comeback, especially here in the Twin Cities, epicenter of all things Nordic. Derived from the Latin aqua vitae ("water of life"), this usually yellow-ish spirit is typically infused with some combination of caraway, cardamom, cumin, anise, fennel, and lemon or orange peel.

With multiple Midwest distilleries now crafting their own aquavit—from Minnesota's own Gamle Ode to Illinois's North Shore—bartenders have begun mixing drinks to match. So, without further ado, here are 9 awesome aquavit cocktails to try right now in the Twin Cities.

Did we miss an aquavit cocktail in the Twin Cities? Let us know in the comments.


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Cafe Maude

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Café Maude takes on the classic Negroni (equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth) and makes it into the Norwegian Negroni - aged Aquavit, Aperol, and Dolin dry vermouth ($11).

Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater

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Bryant Lake Bowl brings a little aquavit to the traditional brunch Bloody Mary in its Gypsy Bloody Mary, made with cucumber and dill-infused aquavit and gin.

Eat Street Social

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This Whittier spot offers up not one but two aquavit cocktails at brunchtime: the Sherry Berry Fizz ("holiday aquavit", lemon, cream, egg white, bitters, farmboise, and lambic) and the Apium Anethum #9 (dill aquavit, lime, celery syrup, and lemon bitters), each $8.

Saffron Restaurant & Lounge

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Saffron barman Robert Jones shakes up Linie aquavit, summer tonic, honey, cherry bark vanilla bitters, lemon, and egg white to make The Bird Has Flown ($10).

Marvel Bar

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Downstairs from the Bachelor Farmer, Marvel Bar offers up a different take on aquavit with the Tomas Collins, a mix of pickle brine, lime, North Shore aquavit, and seltzer, for $11.

The Bachelor Farmer

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Get a glass of the straight stuff at Bachelor Farmer, that mecca of Scandinavian food and drink. They serve your choice of Gamle Ode, North Shore, and Linie Aquavit on ice for $9, plus an unnamed aquavit/dry sherry/hard cider cocktail.

Parlour

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This subterranean North Loop bar has got an aquavit cocktail to make drink-orderers blush: the Panty Dropper ($14), made with Gamle Ode dill aquavit, lemon, Hana Hou Hou Shu (a sparkling sake), and orange bitters.

The Mill Northeast

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New Northeast spot The Mill NE (a relaunch of Mill City Café) serves up a selection of "craft" or "classic" cocktails, all $8. On the "craft" side of the menu is the Pitchfork, a mix of cynar, aquavit, blanc vermouth, peach, and lemon.

The Strip Club

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There's no official aquavit cocktail on the Strip Club menu right now, but if you're in the know (and now you are), you can go off-menu and try ordering Eddie Dane's Boy (Linie aquavit, cherry harring, orange bitters, and yellow chartreuse).

Cafe Maude

Café Maude takes on the classic Negroni (equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth) and makes it into the Norwegian Negroni - aged Aquavit, Aperol, and Dolin dry vermouth ($11).

Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater

Bryant Lake Bowl brings a little aquavit to the traditional brunch Bloody Mary in its Gypsy Bloody Mary, made with cucumber and dill-infused aquavit and gin.

Eat Street Social

This Whittier spot offers up not one but two aquavit cocktails at brunchtime: the Sherry Berry Fizz ("holiday aquavit", lemon, cream, egg white, bitters, farmboise, and lambic) and the Apium Anethum #9 (dill aquavit, lime, celery syrup, and lemon bitters), each $8.

Saffron Restaurant & Lounge

Saffron barman Robert Jones shakes up Linie aquavit, summer tonic, honey, cherry bark vanilla bitters, lemon, and egg white to make The Bird Has Flown ($10).

Marvel Bar

Downstairs from the Bachelor Farmer, Marvel Bar offers up a different take on aquavit with the Tomas Collins, a mix of pickle brine, lime, North Shore aquavit, and seltzer, for $11.

The Bachelor Farmer

Get a glass of the straight stuff at Bachelor Farmer, that mecca of Scandinavian food and drink. They serve your choice of Gamle Ode, North Shore, and Linie Aquavit on ice for $9, plus an unnamed aquavit/dry sherry/hard cider cocktail.

Parlour

This subterranean North Loop bar has got an aquavit cocktail to make drink-orderers blush: the Panty Dropper ($14), made with Gamle Ode dill aquavit, lemon, Hana Hou Hou Shu (a sparkling sake), and orange bitters.

The Mill Northeast

New Northeast spot The Mill NE (a relaunch of Mill City Café) serves up a selection of "craft" or "classic" cocktails, all $8. On the "craft" side of the menu is the Pitchfork, a mix of cynar, aquavit, blanc vermouth, peach, and lemon.

The Strip Club

There's no official aquavit cocktail on the Strip Club menu right now, but if you're in the know (and now you are), you can go off-menu and try ordering Eddie Dane's Boy (Linie aquavit, cherry harring, orange bitters, and yellow chartreuse).

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