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How to make dill aquavit at home

Homemade aquavit, or akevitt in Norwegian. Litterally translates as “water of life”. Aquavit is a Scandinavian spirit that has been produced since the 15th century. In Norway the aquavit is distilled from potato and in Denmark and Sweden they use grain.


  • 2-3 large dill sprig (or 1-2 tbsp dill seeds)
  • 1 tbsp caraway seeds
  • 1 ts  fennel Seed
  • 1 ts cloves
  • 0.5 liter potato vodka
Picture of all the spices, dill and remedies to make aquavit
Aquavit ©FoodNorway


  1. Add the dill sprig, caraway, fennel and cloves seed in a glass container or bottle.
  2. Pour 0.5 liter of potato Vodka into the container or bottle and seal well.
  3. Place it in a cool and dark environment for 3-4 days, depending on how strong you want the aquavit to be. Gently shake the jar every day.
  4. Strain the spirit through a sieve and discard the solids. Return the aquavit back into the bottle.

Dill aquavit goes well with all kind of sea-food. And should be served ice-cold.



Time: 15 minute
Difficulty: Easy


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