Monthly Archives: September 2013

Fig and Cardamom Infusion

Last weekend I posted about infusing vodka with grated horseradish. The inspiration came from Aquavit, the Scandinavian restaurant in Manhattan, and an article last year in the Wall Street Journal. Aquavit’s beverage program under Keri Levins includes a big list … Continue reading


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Making Horseradish Vodka

Aquavit, the Midtown Manhattan Swedish restaurant that launched chef Marcus Samuelsson’s celebrity status, has long had a great list of spirit infusions. On the menu, they’re called aquavits, but this isn’t technically true by the definition of aquavit most of … Continue reading

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Talking Japanese Whisky with Neyah White

Japanese whisky has come a long way in America since Yamazaki 12 hit our market more than 20 years ago. Suntory, the producer of Yamazaki, has put serious work into the U.S. for the last ten, increasing awareness among bartenders … Continue reading

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Drinking Out: Gamle Ode Cocktails at Parlour

Last week I met Mike McCarron, owner of Gamle Ode Aquavit, for a couple of drinks at Parlour in Minneapolis. We met there partly because of the bar’s acclaim and partly because that fame involves some aquavit cocktails. Full disclosure: … Continue reading

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