DIY Finnish Lonkero (a.k.a. Long Drink)


My family recently went on a vacation to Finland. In addition to enjoying the food and scenery, many of us fell in love with the lonkero, or long drink. This is a strictly Finnish drink made by combining cheap gin with citrus. The most common flavor is grapefruit, which is reproduced here. Lonkero is not sold in the US so I decided to try to copy it by referring to web sites from other tourists who tried to copy it and reading the ingredients on the company's web site.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
2 cups


  • 4 ice cubes

  • 2 tablespoons gin, or to taste

  • cup grapefruit juice, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 cup club soda


  1. Place ice cubes in a cocktail glass. Pour gin over ice cubes; add grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and lime juice. Top with club soda and stir gently.

Cook's Notes:

Add more gin as desired. A shot of alcohol in the US. is usually between 2 tablespoons and 1/4 cup.

You can play with the ingredient amounts but I find it tastes best when you use slightly more club soda than grapefruit juice.

Substitute club soda for a lemon-lime soda (such as 7Up(R), Sprite(R), or Sierra Mist(R)), if desired. The key is to get the bubbles and the different citrus flavor. It's a bit sweeter with Sierra Mist(R).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

145 Calories
0g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 145
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 13mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 74mg 371%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 307mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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