Throughout Scandinavia, it’s tradition to take high proof aquavit and infuse it with bitter herbs to drink during the holidays and the long, cold winter that follows. These “besk snaps” are served cold to family and visitors who need a bracing, bitter eye-opener.
Though every home seems to have its own recipe for making bitter schnapps, EU restrictions on using wormwood in commercial spirits has left only a few distilleries producing this fine beverage.
Determined to keep the tradition alive, Bittermens formulated a classic bitter schnapps by first creating an aquavit with flavors of caraway and infusing it with licorice, citrus and other herbs. It is then blended with a touch of sugar and combined with a wormwood distillate produced by one of the oldest distilleries in Pontalier, France.