16th century Danish nobleman and home-brewer of sorts, Eske Bille may have originally only had intentions of improving the herbal elixir left over from the Black Death but little did he know he was to be the forefather of the original snaps/schnapps otherwise known as Akvavit to the Danish. This smooth beverage gains it’s name sake from the Latin aqua vitae, meaning “water of life” and it is consumed as such in the cold northern regions of Europe where Akvavit is enjoyed during celebrations and gatherings as a “shot”. As Sundays here on the English hillside of May Hill, Gloucestershire are currently celebrated in a relaxed feast format around the clay wood fired oven, we toasted the falling snow and roasting pork with some of Anni’s Danish mother’s homemade Akvavit. What a treat!! A smooth amber libation with hints of warm orange, chocolate, fir almost peat like found in a quality single malt scotch. Truly a mouthful of heaven!!
Not only did Anni share her mother’s very special bottle (which is the only bit left until her next visit home to Denmark) but she also shared her mother’s recipe!!! Enjoy and please share a comment on how your batch of homemade Akvavit turned out!