Each fall for the last few years I have infused a bottle of vodka with spices and citrus for an aquavit-like drink to keep in the freezer and enjoy over the winter. Today it’s two teaspoons each of dill seed, coriander seed, cumin seed, fennel seed, and caraway seed, a tablespoon of dried orange peel, and four small cloves in a big jar with the vodka. Let it sit in the dark for two to three weeks, shaking it up occasionally. Strain, filter, put it back in the bottle, and put it in the freezer to enjoy a little bit at a time. during the long, cold nights to come.
Don’t know why I do this. It’s not like I’m Swedish or anything. Not really, anyway.