BBaF Podcast Episode 43: Aquavit with Malina Bickford

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Aquavit, aqua vitae…”Water of Life”. This Scandinavian spirit has been produced since the 15th century and yet, here in the states, we’re still getting to know it. Bartender, writer and brand manager for Åhus Akvavit, Malina Bickford is making it her mission to spread the good word about this centuries old spirit of the Nordics.

For this week’s Bit by a Fox Podcast, Malina takes us through a bit of the history and production of aquavit, we try Åhus Akvavit, a contemporary Swedish brand that is becoming a favorite among bartenders, and discuss Aquavit Week, a week-long celebration of the signature spirit of Scandinavia, now in its seventh year.

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Nov 4-10 isn’t just any ole week, it’s AQUAVIT WEEK! Bars + restaurants all over the world will be featuring the spirit of Scandinavia that is so near and dear to my heart. Wanna play with us here in Los Angeles? DM me or hit the website to participate or attend an event. Skål! 🥂

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We recorded this episode at Redbird restaurant in downtown Los Angeles – one of the biggest supporters of Aquavit Week in LA. Bar Director Tobin Shea has led an award-winning bar program that features a variety of aquavit brands and aquavit cocktails. Tobin also joins us later into the episode, shares the Åhus Akvavit cocktail featured on the menu for Aquavit Week, and helps to explain how he likes to incorporate aquavit into cocktails.

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Aquavit Week is on and poppin in LA! Stop by @redbirdla, order a flight and take a lil tour of some different styles from all over the world. Also say hi to @tobinshea because he’s the best. #aquavitweek #aquavit #akvavit #åhusakvavit

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The Trinity cocktail at Redbird features Åhus Akvavit and bright vegetal flavors. So good!

For this week’s featured cocktail, Malina shared with us a simplified version of Tobin’s aquavit gimlet.

Aquavit Gimlet
2 oz aquavit
3/4 oz lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
garnish: lime wheel

Shake all ingredients over ice until well chilled, strain into a cocktail glass. garnish with a lime wheel.

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