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Valhalla Coffee

December 23, 2010
Author Notes

I just found this recipe in a set of my mom's old Norwegian recipes, and just had to try it. Wow! Aquavit is an intense caraway flavored liquor that we really only break out on Christmas and independence day. It adds a sweet spiciness to the coffee while the cream melts on top creating a frothy creamy layer. (Oh, and Valhalla is the home of the Norse gods, I figured they might drink coffee like this there!) —fiveandspice

  • Serves 1
  • 8 ounces hot coffee
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 ounce aquavit (Linie is the best brand)
  • sweetened whipped cream and chocolate shavings for topping
In This Recipe
  1. Stir the brown sugar into the coffee until it melts. Then stir in the aquavit. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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I like to say I'm a lazy iron chef (I just cook with what I have around), renegade nutritionist, food policy wonk, and inveterate butter and cream enthusiast! My husband and I own a craft distillery in Northern Minnesota called Vikre Distillery (www.vikredistillery.com), where I claimed the title, "arbiter of taste." I also have a doctorate in food policy, for which I studied the changes in diet and health of new immigrants after they come to the United States. I myself am a Norwegian-American dual citizen. So I have a lot of Scandinavian pride, which especially shines through in my cooking on special holidays. Beyond loving all facets of food, I'm a Renaissance woman (translation: bad at focusing), dabbling in a variety of artistic and scientific endeavors.