Nordic Summer – An Aquavit & Aperol Cocktail


Aquavit, Aperol, and lime juice form a cocktail trifecta in this crisp and refreshing aquavit sour. This is an incredibly simple but tasty way to get to know a new bottle of aquavit. I enjoy it best with Ahus Akvavit.

Want more spring/summer inspired aquavit cocktails? Try my Elderflower & Grapefruit Aquavit Sour or my Midnight Sunshine Frozen Peach & Aquavit Cocktail.

The Nordic Summer is from my new book, Essential 3-Ingredient Cocktails, now available on Amazon!

This unexpected combination of aquavit, Aperol, and lime is crisp, fruity, and herbal, making it a fun happy hour option for the imbiber in search of something a bit different.

Aquavit is a clear spirit produced in Scandinavian countries and flavored with a variety of botanicals, including caraway and citrus peels. It has a unique herbal flavor that works particularly well in cocktails with citrus such a lime or grapefruit, and vegetables, such as cucumber. The Nordic Summer has prominent herbal notes from the aquavit, balanced with the brightness of lime juice and bittersweet Aperol.

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If you enjoy aquavit, you may also like my:

orange cocktail in a coupe glass

Nordic Summer

Amy Traynor
A simple 3-ingredient aquavit cocktail with Aperol and lime juice.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail


  • 2 oz aquavit I recommend Ahus Akvavit
  • 1 oz Aperol
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice


  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill 3/4 with ice.
  • Shake until well chilled, about 12 seconds.
  • Strain into a coupe glass (preferably chilled).
  • Garnish with an expressed orange twist.
Keyword aperol, aquavit, citrus, easy cocktails, summer drinks, whiskey sour
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