Aquavit is a traditional Scandinavian spirit flavored with herbs. Think of it like a multi-flavored vodka, or an herbal twist on gin. Served neat in a cordial glass as an aperitif or in a cocktail, Gamle Ode Dill Aquavit is refreshingly unlike almost any spirits you’ve tasted.
The emergence of micro-breweries and micro-distilleries in Minnesota and Wisconsin has freed our region to enjoy improved quality from brewing and distilling craftsmanship. It has grown from our rediscovered traditions and desire for better quality spirits, now merging with the locavore restaurant and mixologist bartender movements.
Mike McCarron’s new aquavit venture is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is produced locally at the micro-distillery closest to the Twin Cities when the venture began in 2011, Paul Werni’s 45th Parallel Spirits, in New Richmond, Wisconsin.
- 1.5 oz Gamle Ode Dill Aquavit
- .75 oz Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
- .75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- .75 oz Simple Syrup
- 2 droppers Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters
Instructions: Shake all ingredients over ice and double strain into a glass.
Glass: Coupe or Nick & Nora
Garnish: Orange Disc
Portland bartender and blogger Jacob Grier names Gamle Ode his “Best new spirit” of 2012:
“I tasted many aquavits with many people in the second half of this year, and Gamle Ode was a consistent standout. Its dill aroma is spot on and it sips very nicely from the freezer or mixed into a simple Collins... In 2013 I predict more new aquavits and more bartenders discovering the spirits’ versatility in cocktails.”