By Marcus Samuelsson | January 8, 2015

Photo by Jennifer Chait
Citrus-Infused Vodka

Photo by Jennifer Chait

It wouldn’t be winter without a little aquavit to keep you warm! Here’s one of my favorite recipes for Citrus-Infused Vodka that goes well for sipping or mixed in a cocktail. It’s a perfect way to incorporate some of those seasonal citruses into your cooking.


Cosmo Jello Shots Recipe

By Matt Essert | August 24, 2011

Photo: El Tuercas

Photo: El Tuercas

Looking for another cool summer cocktail recipe? Jello shots might sound like something you’d find at a typical college party, but they can be a great and fun way to enjoy your favorite drinks in a new and creative way, not to mention small treats that can be distributed to all your guests at your summer BBQ or picnic. Read More


Citrus-Infused Vodka Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson | January 14, 2011

Photo: Paul Brissman

This weekend try your hand at an old Swedish tradition: Aquavit.  My recipe for Citrus-Infused Vodka combines the bounty of winter fruit for a delicious, homemade spirit.  Combine with seltzer for a quick cocktail after it’s finished steeping.  It’s also delicious on the rocks with a wedge of any of the fruits.  While the flavors infuse, I leave the jar in the middle of my table for a striking and colorful centerpiece.


Glögg Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson | December 17, 2010

Photo: missteee

Photo: missteee

From the beginning of December on through the New Year, glögg is served in Swedish homes on every festive occasion or when visitors drop by.  A plate of St. Lucia buns is typically offered with the hot spiced wine.  Many families also like to serve glögg after the evening meal, when everyone is sitting around the fire.


Pomegranitini with Kosher Vodka Recipe

By | December 3, 2010

Photo: danmachold

Photo: danmachold

This weekend, I’m planning to toast the Jewish holidays with a new kosher vodka, L’Chaim. Hebrew for ‘to life,’ the phrase ‘l’Chaim’ embodies the spirit of the contemporary Hannukah holiday.  The vodka is corn-based, from Israel and is from a “generations-old Russian recipe brought to that country by Jewish immigrants.” L’Chaim is also in the process of making kosher rum and tequila.


Pumpkin-Infused Vodka Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson | October 29, 2010

Photo: WxMom

Photo: WxMom

My grandmother, like many grandmothers in Sweden, made her own flavored aquavit by infusing potato vodka with various ingredients that were available around the house or in her garden, especially foods she had extra of and were going to spoil if not used.

With Halloween this Sunday, many of us wind up carving a ton of pumpkins and not knowing what to do with everything inside, besides toasting the seeds and/or making pies. My suggestion is to use the flavorful pumpkin meat to create pumpkin-infused vodka, the perfect drink for watching the leaves change color.

It takes a lot of patience, waiting for the flavors to infuse perfectly but it’s definitely a fun project.

This weekend, let’s toast to a safe, fun Halloween. So tell me, what are your plans for this weekend?

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