I am composing a 'bitter' aquavit using mint and licorice root/anise.
The golden liquid to the right is a sample of the mint extract (which tastes fantastic in itself).
Below is the licorice/anise extract filtering (and it tastes even better in itself than the mint).
I am going to mix some of the licorice/anise into the mint, and then maybe add some brown sugar, if the sweetness of the licorice/anise is not enough.
I expect to have a finished product worthy for a king's breakfast table!
I have another large jar of mint extracting in the basement, which is going to become a mint sweet liqueur. More about that on a later occation!