In my all-consuming quest to try each and every drink around the World Showcase of Epcot, today we visit the Norway Pavilion for our first sip of Aquavit!
I had never tried Aquavit, but my friend was game, so we decided that today would be the day to savor this important Scandinavian spirit.
Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe features Linie Aquavit, so named because it crosses the equator, or “Linie” (did you know the Equator had a nickname?), twice during the aging process. How, you ask? Apparently, in a hull of a ship, secured in sherry casks.
You can even track your bottle. I’m so not joking. (See, we all learn things here on the Disney Food Blog.)
The strong spirit, which is traditionally a grain or potato distillation, clocks in at around 80 proof, and is flavored with herbs and spices.
Some drink it as a shot, while others savor it in small, tulip-shaped glasses. At Epcot, the former is clearly the preference…thus the strange, day-glo shot glasses.
We asked one of the Norwegian cast members her opinion of Aquavit, and we were greeted with a wrinkled-up nose. I gotta tell ya, after sipping it, I’d agree with the summation.
We decided that it tasted a whole lot like cough syrup…but licorice cough syrup, which is a little better than normal I guess. Regardless, a couple of sips were enough to confirm that this probably wasn’t something I needed to do again immediately.
Have you tried Linie Aquavit at Epcot’s Norway? Is it a favorite ritual for you and yours? We’d love to hear your story in comments below!