- a dry spirit, especially of Scandinavia, made from redistilled grain or potato alcohol and usually flavored with caraway seeds.
Origin of aquavit
1885–90; < Danish, Swedish, Norwegian akvavit, aquavit < Latin aqua vīt(ae) water of life
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Examples from the Web for aquavit
This fancy spice pack pairs with four different spirits—vodka, tequila, aquavit, and gin—to ensure the perfect morning pick-me-up.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Don Draper in Your Life
November 29, 2014
So John pursued his advantage by inquiring, Have you any aquavit?
This morning he came into our room after breakfast, with a bottle of aquavit in his hand wherewith to drink our health.
Just as we were driving off, a brilliantly original idea occurred to him, and he said, Come in and taste my aquavit.
The weather was so unpleasant, and Bluebeard and his aquavit were so engaging, that we decided not to leave here till to-morrow.
- a grain- or potato-based spirit from the Scandinavian countries, flavoured with aromatic seeds and spices, esp carawayAlso called: akvavit
from Scandinavian; see aqua vitae
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