4 teaspoons seedless rosehips
2 teaspoons mint (peppermint or spearmint)
2-4 drops stevia extract or 3 tablespoons honey, if desired
Combine the rosehips and mint in a large heat-safe container. Cover with 4-6 cups recently boiled water and let steep, covered, for 10 minutes (steep longer if stronger tea is desired). Strain the tea and sweeten if desired. Serve chilled - tea will be fresh for 2-4 days.
Aquavit, derived from the Latin “aqua vitae” or “water of life,” first gained popularity in 15th century Scandinavia, where it’s been a traditional accompaniment to a smorgasbord. The flavorful infusions gained popularity in the cool Nordic climate, which allows easy chilling of them in a snow bank or out in the woodshed. Swedes have popularly quipped that aquavit helps fish dishes like pickled herring and lutefisk swim down to the stomach. Skål!
1/2 cup Seedless Rosehips
1 Whole Star Anise
1 teaspoon Caraway Seeds
2 strips (3”x1”) of fresh orange peel
750 mL vodka*
Combine all ingredients in a quart jar and seal. Swirling periodically, let the aromatics infuse for 5 hours. Strain the mixture well. Pour back into the bottle and place in freezer. Drink cold, in small shots.
*Try to find a lighter-flavored vodka to highlight the aromatic ingredients.