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Aquavit cocktails

Quick Guide to Aquavit & Cocktails

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Aquavit is a Scandinavian spirit that’s worth seeking out! Here’s three ideas of how to use it in cocktails.



For the Nordic sidecar

  • 2 ounces aquavit
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • For the garnish: dill sprig, lemon peel

For the Aquivit and tonic

  • 2 ounces aquavit
  • 4 ounces tonic water
  • Dill sprigs and lemon wedges, for the garnish

For the Bjorn Collins

  • 2 ounces aquavit
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • ½ cup soda water
  • Cocktail cherry and lemon wheel, to garnish


  1. For the Nordic Sidecar: Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice and shake until cold. Strain the drink into a cocktail glass and garnish with dill and a lemon peel.
  2. For the Aquavit and Tonic: Add lots of ice to a large cocktail or wine glass and stir to chill the glass. Drain any melted water. Pour in the aquavit. Add the garnishes. Pour the tonic water onto a bar spoon into the glass (to increase the bubbles). Stir once and serve.
  3. For the Bjorn Collins: Add the aquavit, syrup and lemon juice to an ice filled glass, and top off the glass with soda water. Garnish with a lemon wheel and cocktail cherry.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan