We’ve “skåled” a lot of people over the past four months. After explaining the history of the Skoal Project and the significance of the great Max von Sydow (can you believe that there are people out there who still haven’t heard about this?), we set them on their mark and let them do their thing: 1) Mug it for the camera, 2) Knock it back, 3) Return to your original pose except bring the intensity. There’s an unofficial fourth step: Asking “What is this delicious thing I’m drinking and where can I buy it?”
That smooth and delicious caraway-flavored liquor is aquavit, the traditional Swedish skoaling drink of choice. Our particular brand of aquavit can only be tasted if you come here to skål with Nils and Dave because we make it in-house using our rotovap.
We start with a liter of neutral vodka like Smirnoff, then blend in 32 g toasted caraway seeds and 32 g untoasted caraway seeds using a Vita Prep. We distill the vodka and caraway mixture by taste, usually pulling out about 650 ml of final product. Finally, we add a little simple syrup (for body, not for sweetness), filtered water (we bring it back to about 90 proof), and a tiny pinch of salt to balance flavors.
Sounds good, right? Well, it is. So good that some skål subjects request a retake just to sneak in another glass. That’s fine by us. We’ll keep churning out the aquavit until we reach our goal of skåling the world, one person at a time.
BTW: We also make a non-alcoholic skoal for those who do not wish to drink liquor. We’ll tell you about it soon.