Licorice-Infused Vodka Cocktail


The name for the Michelin-starred Nordic restaurant in New York City, aquavit is also the name for vodka that’s been infused with aromatics. The process is easy to do at home – simply add fruit (apples, pears, berries) and spices (cinnamon, allspice, caraway, cardamom) to sit in a bottle of vodka for a few days. Once the preparation is ready, mix it into a spritzer with soda water or tonic or simply drink it on the rocks. Here, Swedish Chef Emma Bengtsson from Aquavit infuses vodka with licorice from Try The World’s Sweden Box this summer.

Makes: about 8 oz. aquavit • Time: 5 minutes, plus 2 days infusing


  • 8 oz. vodka
  • One 1.4 oz package of black licorice (Lakritsfabriken sweet licorice from the Sweden Box)


In a jar, combine the vodka and licorice. Seal with a tight lid and chill in the freezer for 2 days.


© Lakritzfabriken

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Emma Bengtsson is the curator of the Sweden Box. Originally from a small town on Sweden’s western coast, she grew up learning the secrets of Nordic cuisine from her grandmother. After discovering her talent for pastries and working in a variety of notable restaurants in Sweden, she moved to New York and led Aquavit to become a two-star Michelin restaurant as its executive chef.

Emma Bengtsson

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