Sima (Finnish Spring Mead)

Preparation info
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    • Ready in

      10 min

Appears in
Brew it Yourself: Make Your Own Beer, Wine, Cider and Other Concoctions

By Richard Hood and Nick Moyle

Published 2024

  • About

Sima, or ‘spring mead’, is a spritzy Finnish booze, traditionally supped on 1 May during the Vappu festival, a nationwide street celebration to mark the joyful arrival of spring and the passing of winter. It’s an absolute breeze to make and is ingenious to boot; the inclusion of raisins not only adds depth to the flavour, but they also serve as an indication of the drink’s readiness, rising to the surface* when it’s ready for quaffing.