Iceland’s burning wine: a taste of the ‘black death’
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Brennivín was traditionally drunk to wash down rotting shark. Now this caraway-infused aquavit is firing up cocktails from Reykjavik to Brooklyn

Brennivín, Iceland’s signature drink, was never intended as a slow-sipping tipple. The caraway-spiced aquavit’s name translates literally as “burning wine”, and the colourless 37.5% ABV spirit looks more like vodka than a mellow aperitif. Traditionally, brennivín was shot quickly at the pagan midwinter festival Þorrablót, for the purpose of washing down...

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