December 19 – Two Finnish Cocktails

Last night we had friends over for some seasonal festivities. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to experiment with some Finnish cocktails. Coffee is the drink of choice in Finland, so when I set out to find cocktail recipes I could try on my guests, I did not have high expectations.   However, both of these were a hit and now that I have all the ingredients in my pantry, I will be mixing these again over the next few weeks.
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Red Finnish

1oz Finlandia Vodka

1oz Strawberry Brandy (I couldn’t find strawberry brandy so I used strawberry liqueur – Fragoli Wild Strawberry)

1/2oz lime juice (fresh squeezed is best)

1oz pure pomegranate juice

1 tsp sugar

Combine over ice in shaker, and shake it, baby. Pour into martini glass and serve.

The second cocktail is a revised Finnish Passion; I could not find the passion fruit syrup so improvised with passion-fruit juice. I also added a dash of grenadine at the end to give the drink some colour. Not overly sweet, this is a great citrus cocktail that I renamed Midnight Sun.

Midnight Sun

2 oz Finlandia Vodka

1 oz passion fruit juice

2 oz orange juice

2 oz sour mix (make your own with 8 oz of lemon juice and 2 Tbsp sugar)

Combine in a shaker over ice, and serve in an old-fashioned glass. Add a dash of grenadine before serving.

11 thoughts on “December 19 – Two Finnish Cocktails

  1. Shawn Bird

    Hmm. Interesting. The Finnish beverages I know about are Nordqvist teas, Jaffa, Presidentti kahvia, Finlandia vodka, and at Christmas: glögi with almonds. (I’m allergic to almonds, so they put raisins in mine, though) :-).

    1. Leena's blog about things Finnish Post author

      Yes, glogg is definitely a Scandinavian tradition. Funny thing is we never served it when I was growing up – perhaps its a Swedish thing? Maybe I will have to sample some this holiday season – excellent! Here’s to more blogging about Scandinavian foods!

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