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

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"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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5 m servings 145
Original recipe yields 1 servings (2 cups)


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  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®, Sprite®, or Sierra Mist®), if desired. The key is to get the bubbles and the different citrus flavor. It's a bit sweeter with Sierra Mist®.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 145 calories; 0.2 17.7 0.9 0 13 Full nutrition

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thats not true. you can get lonkeros in the usa. there is a brand called long drink that makes it in cans, just like finland. the company is run by an american and three finns, so it is correct....

Delicious! Just enough tartness with a touch more lemon juice for my palate.

Nice drink! I played around with the proportions a little too much and made it a bit sour, but that's my own fault. Still quite good.

Try your favorite gin with Mt Dew Ice or MT Dew White Out, I prefer 50/50 but I might pour heavy, 1:2 to 1:1 works just fine. The N.Y. version is more club soda vs the Finnish version has more g...