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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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1. Cafe Maude

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5411 Penn Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 822-5411
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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).

2. Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater

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810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 825-3737
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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.

3. Eat Street Social

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2600 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 767-6850
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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.

4. Saffron Restaurant & Lounge

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123 N 3rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 746-5533
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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).

5. Marvel Bar

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50 2nd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 206-3929
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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.

6. The Bachelor Farmer

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50 2nd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 206-3920
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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.

7. Parlour

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730 Washington N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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.

8. The Mill Northeast

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1851 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 315-2340
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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.

9. The Strip Club

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378 Maria Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55106
(651) 793-6247
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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).

1. Cafe Maude

5411 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
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).
5411 Penn Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

2. Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater

810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
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.
810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

3. Eat Street Social

2600 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
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.
2600 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

4. Saffron Restaurant & Lounge

123 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
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).
123 N 3rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401

5. Marvel Bar

50 2nd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
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.
50 2nd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

6. The Bachelor Farmer

50 2nd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
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.
50 2nd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

7. Parlour

730 Washington N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
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.
730 Washington N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

8. The Mill Northeast

1851 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN
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.
1851 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN

9. The Strip Club

378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106
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).
378 Maria Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55106

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