Åhus Akvavit is the culmination of over a century of locally honed distillation methods and recipes from its provenance and namesake Åhus, a tiny seaside village in southern Sweden. At the center of the town lies the Spiritchurch, a distillery built in 1906 and still running to this day. For many years, all Swedish akvavits were produced there and there only. Today, they make only one; Åhus, the finest expression of their village’s heritage and craftsmanship.
Their methods aren’t much different than the original monks’ and their life-affirming alchemy. Starting with a distillate of locally farmed winter wheat and pristine aquifer water, five botanicals are each macerated, then sent through a copper pot still and meticulously blended. Characteristically earthy caraway (of course!), herbal rosemary and bright lemon peel are highlighted with lighter-handed touches of fennel and Seville orange, resulting in a clean-tasting, versatile spirit.
While chilled shots of their traditional spirit taken alongside hearty celebratory meals has long been the preferred style of Scandinavian drinkers, a different generation is discovering fresh ways to experience aquavit. The spirit’s caraway-forward flavor profile is unexpected to many and yet, somehow, also comforting and familiar. In a cocktail, it mixes beautifully for an expansive range of palates.