Photo: Ylva Isaksson
Midsummer - peoples national day
Midsummer could be named peoples national day in Sweden. The weekend when our senses are on top, the fairies dancing at night and we are running naked in our souls. Think how much the Nordic light can do to get us in the right state of mind. And even better is all the fantastic ingredients that peaks during this season.
And nothing can be more traditional than what we choose to chill our throats with. Ice cold aquavit as appetizer for the summer herring and shellfish temptations.
“Imbelupet glaset står på bräcklig fot, kalla pilsnerflaskor luta sig därmot, men därnere, miserere, uti magens avgrundsdjup, sitter djävulen och väntar på en sup”
This is how Wikipedia describes aquavit.
“ -Akvavit or aquavit (/ˈɑːkwəviːt/; /ˈɑːkvəviːt/; is a traditional flavoured spirit that is principally produced in Scandinavia, where it has been produced since the 15th century. Akvavit gets its distinctive flavour from spices and herbs, and the main spice should (according to the European Union) be caraway or dill. It typically contains 40% alcohol by volume.
Aquavit is an important part of Scandinavian drinking culture, where it is often drunk during festive gatherings, such as Christmas dinners and weddings. In Sweden, Denmark and Germany aquavit is cooled down and often sipped slowly from a small shot glass. This is usually attributed to tradition. In Norway where most of the aquavit is matured in oak casks (pre sherry), the drink is at room temperature and served in tulip-shaped glasses or shot glasses. Aquavit arguably complements dark beer well, and its consumption is very often preceded by a swig of beer. Some drink the beer after a sip of aquavit, but purists generally lament this practice, claiming the beer will ruin the flavour and aftertaste”
I am fond of the Danish aquavit that is just the way I want it. Especially Aalborg Aquavit Jubilee is a true companion on these occasions. So when I was offered a sample, just in time for the feast of light, it was easy to say yes.
Aalborg Jubileums Akvavit
Normally it's just slips into a definite shot, but now we do it in true wine tasting way. A golden color shimmers in the glass and the aroma is complex with notes of dill, caraway, coriander and citrus. The flavour warms pleasant and delicate shades of dill, caraway, coriander, bitter orange, citrus and a final light sweetness. All in one gulp, and more.
I hope also that you try to let Champagne become a natural part of your midsummer celebration, but hopefully before the Aquavit arrive at the table. Enjoy the light and make the day because midsummer memories will last for ever ...