The Teurastamo V&T Cocktail

Finlandia vodka gives this drink its cool and crisp texture while fresh lingonberries and grapefruit add fruity undertones, making for a refreshing cocktail.
Photo by Aaron Graubart

Adapted from Timo Siitonen, owner, A21 Decades, Helsinki, Finland

Finland

Finlandia Vodka

With Russia to the east, the most sparsely populated of the Nordic countries has plenty of lakes and glacial spring water—ideal conditions to make vodka. Finlandia, one of the first imported vodkas sold in the U.S., is made from a base of Finnish six-row barley, which has particularly low fatty oil content. The end result is bracing and crisp, with plenty of ginger, coriander and white pepper spice, and a slightly citrusy finish.

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The Cocktail

Originally conceived by Timo Siitonen, founder of famed Helsinki bar A21 Decades, as a modern gin and tonic, we’ve adapted this slightly to feature vodka. His version is made with tart lingonberries, which grow plentifully in the Scandinavian countries. If you can’t find them, use fresh or frozen cranberries left over from holiday festivities.

Ingredients
  • 1½ ounces Finlandia Vodka
  • 1 tablespoon lingonberries (or cranberries)
  • 1 slice pink grapefruit
  • Tonic water
Directions

Fill Collins glass with ice. Add berries and grapefruit on top. Measure vodka and pour into glass. Top with tonic, and stir to mix. Serve with straw.

Published on January 10, 2018
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip. and NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, which debuts in September 2018. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net



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