Swedish akvavit

It’s Christmas time and last night I decided to have a non-martini drink. I’ve previously mentioned my liking for akvavit for midsommar, but I also like it during the winter (to keep warm).
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I put some miniature bottles of akvavit (from Ikea) in the freezer for a day, then served them in heavy glasses and a single spherical ice cube. I like all the different infusions, as it adds a bit of variety to my normal gin diet.

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Skål och god jul!

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Swedish accompaniments for a martini

Sweden produces some absolutely delightful snacks to accompany a martini. I love pickled things and seafood so it’s an absolute delight for me. Fish roe, gherkins and a range of condiments with subtle, natural flavours make a tasty accompaniment to a martini.

As an accompaniment for this entry I served Japanese peanut/rice snacks (obviously not Swedish, but it’s what I was craving) and two different types of fish roe, served in mini croustades.

I also stuck to a classic gin martini but if you prefer vodka then surely a Swedish brand would complete the theme. I’m also a fan of akvavit but I’m no expert. Perhaps there is such a thing as an akvavit martini but I don’t know. I’ll let you know if I hear of one. I also served this martini with an olive garnish but who knows, you could use dill if you wanted to make it look even more Scandinavian (or Russian for that matter – no-one loves dill more than the Russians do).

Miniature meatballs and some kind of dipping sauce also work well.

Skål!

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