About Swedish Spirits

About Swedish Spirits
Vodka and aquavit are the two most important spirits in Sweden. Vodka has been a great success, thanks to the ultra clean style of these spirits and today, a great deal of Swedish vodka is exported; it is a best -seller in America. Given the demand in many countries for something new, there are now many flavored Swedish vodkas (cherry, vanilla, raspberry, etc.) that are also quite successful.

Aquavit - "water of life" - in Sweden is distilled from spices and herbs, usually caraway, although dill and anise are also added in some examples. While some are bottled a short time after distillation, others are barrel matured, giving them am amber of light golden color. Aquavit have at least a 37.5% alcohol level by EU law and some go as high as 45%. The clear versions are generally served ice cold in a small shot glass, while the barrel matured versions are often served at room temperature or warm in a snifter. Dryness levels - some are mildly sweet- depends on the manufacturer.

Top Picks for Sweden

Purity Vodka
93 points
$32.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of salted cucumber, toasty wheat cracker, and sourdough with a supple, bright, bone-dry light body and a dolma and powdered milk finish. A precisely made and martini-worthy vodka.
93 points $32.99
Svedka Mango Pineapple Vodka
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Sweet aromas of guava confection and pineapples and kiwis in syrup with a satiny, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, captivating, medium-length coconut candies, bubblegum, lime zest, and soursop syrup finish. A very sweet, tropical fruit cocktail of a vodka for mixing fun.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Absolut Grapefruit Vodka
89 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Fruity, funky aromas of pink grapefruit, yuzu, durian, and parmesan rind with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, brisk lemon zest, grapefruit Italian ice, and breadstick finish. A very mixable vodka with pure citrus flavors.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
Svedka Cucumber Lime Vodka
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Fresh aromas and flavors of cucumber syrup, agave nectar, and lime cordial with a round, bright, off-dry medium body and a smooth, stimulating, relaxed sweet pear candy, zucchini bread, and coconut cream finish. A clean and tasty cucumber vodka for refreshing cocktails and flavorful rocks pours.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Svedka Clementine Vodka
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of ginger ale, lemon lime soda, lime blossom, tangerine, and lime pickle with a glycerous, vibrant, sweet medium body and a tingling, brisk orange sherbet finish. A vivacious sweet citrus vodka for effortless cocktails.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Svedka Citron Vodka
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Citrusy, clean aromas and flavors of fresh italian lemons, chiffon cake, agave nectar, parsley, and cilantro with a round, lively, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long lemon drop candies finish. An attractive lemon vodka with pure, clean citrus flavor with welcome sweetness; a broad range of cocktail possibilities.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Svedka Raspberry Vodka
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Fruity aromas of raspberry syrup and peach candies with a glycerous, tangy, fruity light body and a tingling, brisk raspberry jam, vanilla cola, and tart lemon candies finish. A brambly raspberry vodka for fun mixed drinks.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Svedka Vanilla Vodka
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Creamy, sweet aromas of cherry-vanilla ice cream, almond creme, espresso, chocolate pastry, and candied hazelnuts with a glycerous, crisp, sweet medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length chocolate genache finish. A creamy and decadent flavored vodka that will be delicious in after-dinner cocktails or chilled shots.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Ravo Vodka
87 points
$22.99
Clear color. Spicy aromas of cumin, cinnamon nougat, and orange gelatin with a round, bright, dryish light body and an even, breezy caramel finish. A zesty, round and perfectly smooth vodka for martinis or rocks pours with a lemon twist.
87 points $22.99