It’s been almost 9 months since the last time I brewed my signature Sima. If you came to any of the parties I hosted last year at my house you know exactly what I’m talking about. Sima is a sweet lemon mead-like drink which is a traditional Finnish May Day drink. However since it’s so easy to make and has yet to be determined alcohol percentage it is the perfect party drink.
So far I have taught a few friends how to make it but I thought I’d make an easy step by step recipe with pictures so all of you can enjoy making this at home.
What you’ll need:
1 gallon water
2 large lemons
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar (plus some for the bottles)
1/4 teaspoon yeast
Bring the water to a steady boil. In the meantime, use a lemon zester or a potato peeler to remove the outer yellow rind of the lemons in strips, placing these in a large container. Peel or trim off the bitter inner white rind of the lemons and discard. Slice the lemons and place in container with the zest, adding brown and white sugar.
Once the water boils, pour it into the container with the lemons and sugar. Let cool to lukewarm, then stir in yeast. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature for 24 hours (and up to 48 hours), or until surface begins to bubble slightly.
Strain the liquid into clean glass bottles, quart jars, or plastic containers. Add 5-6 raisins and 1 tsp. sugar to each bottle. Seal tightly and refrigerate for 2-5 days, or until the raisins float at the top of the bottles.
Refrigerate and drink within a week for the “traditional” version, but if you want to make it alcoholic don’t refrigerate it at all and let it sit for 4 weeks before consuming. The longer you let it ferment, the more alcohol percentage it gains (my opinion, not necessarily fact).
Anyways, if you’d like to try this delightful concoction just come to our Holiday Bash between Christmas and New Years!