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Viking Drinks Are So Hot Right Now

Helmets not included.

The bar at Pläj. 


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Nordic flavors like caraway, dill, fennel, and coriander are in full Viking conquest mode.

Piggybacking on the gin-and-tonic trend, savory gins like Oakland Spirits Co.’s nori-flavored Sea Gin, Spain’s olives-and-thyme Gin Mare, and the celery-forward Rutte gin from Holland are all on the rise. So is aquavit—a flavored vodka or juniper-free gin made with the above-mentioned herbs.

At least four aquavits are made in California already, coming from Blinking Owl in Santa Ana, Venus Spirits in Santa Cruz, Stark Spirits in Pasadena, and San Francisco’s Geijer Spirits, and this winter aquavit has popped up on the cocktail menus of bars including Charmaine’s, Paper Plane, Geyserville Gun Club, and the Sea Star as well as, perhaps less surprisingly, the Scandinavian bar and restaurant Pläj.

Get it while it’s hot.

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Originally published in the February issue of San Francisco 

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