Sima, traditional labor day drink recipe

Time to prepare Sima – the traditional labor day drink!

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The Finnish labor day is around the corner and it’s time for me to start the preparations. 🙂 I’ll be celebrating it with my friends and each one of us will be bringing food and drinks to the party. I decided to make Sima (like every year before) and Finnish doughnuts. I’m also gonna make some nice small snacks, most likely Toast Skagen – depending a bit on what the others will be bringing. 🙂

Sima is a traditional labor day drink here in the North. This old-style lemon soda recipe is my favorite and I prepare it several times a year.  It’s easy to prepare and surely healthier than the store bought sodas!

Sima used to be the most popular alcoholic beverage in Northern Europe.The original recipe contained honey instead of sugar and the alcohol content was higher because of the longer brewing time and yeast/sugar ratio. Sometimes my Sima still gets a low alcohol content after I’ve forgotten to drink it within a week – nothing like the home beer though!

Raisins are added in the bottling phase to indicate when the beverage is finished, normally this takes around three days in room temperature. When the raisins start floating the drink is ready to be enjoyed!

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