Brännvin

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A bottle of brännvin

Brännvin is a

brandewijn, Finnish Viina, German Branntwein, and Icelandic brennivín. A small glass of brännvin is called a snaps (cf. German schnapps), and may be accompanied by a snapsvisa, a drinking song.[1][2][3]

Outside Scandinavia

In the US, a Chicago producer makes a bitter brännvin (beskbrännvin), called Jeppson's Malört.[4] "Malört" (pronounced [ˈmɑ̂ːlœʈ]) is the Swedish word for the plant Artemisia absinthium, wormwood, often used as an ingredient in absinthe.

In Scandinavian culture

Fredman's Epistle
no. 55, by Peter Eskilson, 1868.

Brännvin was central to the semi-mythical world in the songs of swedish composer

Fredman's Epistle no. 1, the first verse begins:[5]

Swedish[5] Translation
Gutår, båd’ natt och dag!
Ny vällust, nytt behag!
Fukta din aska!
Fram, brännvinsflaska!
Lydom Bacchi lag!
Cheers, both night and day!
New pleasure, new delight!
Moisten your ash(-dry throat)!
Forth, brännvin-bottle!
Let us obey Bacchus's law!

See also

  • Alcoholic beverages in Sweden

References

  1. ^ "Light Swedish vodka Brännvin". Swedish Food.com. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  2. ^ Carlsson, Hugo (1957). Svensk brännvinstillverkning genom tiderna: minnesskrift till Sveriges bränneriidkareförenings 50-årsjubileum [Swedish Brännvin Distilling Through the Ages] (in Swedish). Kristianstad: Trade Association.
  3. ^ Ekstrand, A. G. (1893). "Den svenska branvinsindustrien" [The Swedish Brandy Industry]. Svensk Kemisk Tidskrift (in Swedish). 5: 108–.
  4. ^ "JEPPSON'S MALÖRT". Jeppsonsmalort.com. Archived from the original on 19 December 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Fredmans Epistel nr 1". Archived from the original on 7 January 2018. Retrieved 6 January 2018.

External links

  • "High spirits". Vin & sprithistoriska museet. Archived from the original on 2009-06-28. Retrieved 2022-03-04. - Short introduction to 'brännvin'. The Historical Museum of Wines and Spirits (English).