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.
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.
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.