Skiklubben Aquavit: Winter’s hottest spirit hits the shelves at Art in the Age just in time for hygge season.
From the more recent enthusiasm for the hygge lifestyle of hunkering down in warm woolens to the long-appreciated tradition of steaming saunas, the world seems to have finally caught on to the fact that the Nordics quite simply have winter – and the art of surviving one – figured out. But while a good hygge or sauna session works wonders for winter warming, any self-respecting Scandinavian will be quick to tell you that nothing warms the insides quite like Aquavit.
Despite relatively recently hitting the niche spirit scene in the US, Aquavit – or akvavit – has been produced and enthusiastically consumed across Scandinavia, from the northern regions of Germany up into the furthest reaches of Finland, since the 15th century. Originally believed to have healing powers and used as a medicine throughout the Black Death period, Aquavit gets its name from the Latin term aqua vitae, or “water of life.” Today, it’s considered more of a salve for the soul than the body and the go-to spirit for almost any event worth celebrating. From toasts for national holidays and summer socials to before-dinner aperitifs and winter warming measures, no event is too big or too small to enjoy a measure of Aquavit.
At Art in the Age, we tend to agree, which is why we’re excited to announce the arrival of this traditional Scandinavian spirit on our shelves. Developed at our sister distillery, Tamworth Distilling, Skiklubben Akvavit is a modern classic and an homage to the rich history of Nordic settlement and culture in New Hampshire. Building on Aquavit’s traditional base of caraway spice, the distillers at Tamworth added cardamom, pink peppercorn, star anise, and ginger to the mix for a flavorful, warming dram. An ideal cold-weather sipper and an interesting, seasonal twist for cocktail classics, cozying up to winter the Norwegian way has never been so simple.
Be sure to grab your bottle of Skiklubben Aquavit at Art In The Age before Jack Frost starts nipping. Skål!