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.
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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).