All over Scandinavia, the drink of choice is aquavit — a clear spirit generally flavored with herbs and spices. In Iceland? Everywhere you go, you’ll see Brennivin. A potent grain spirit flavored with lots and lots of caraway. It’s a little unfamiliar at first but awesomely drinkable once you get into it. A little savory, without the toe-curling powerful herbal hit of some other aquavit.
If you’re in Iceland, you’ll drink it chilled in cute little shot glasses — it’s better when refrigerated, and better still when kept in the freezer. But if you’re not ready to go for straight Brennivin yet, it’s also excellent in cocktails. Here are three we love that show off the spirit.
Easy: Brenn & Tonic