Fabulously Finnish: 5 Festive mocktails from the top of the world

by Nitesh Kumar

As Christmas will soon be here, we've drawn inspiration from Father Christmas' native Finland to create five fantastically festive mocktails. Serve these to friends and family  and we guarantee any Christmas party will be full of festive cheers!

1. Drink in the joy of Lapland with a GinISH snow fizz

Bring a magical hint of snowy Lapland to your home with a refreshing yet warming and hearty GinISH snow fizz. The heavy cream topping resembles the fluffy snow of a fairytale-like white Christmas, while the traditional spirit-like heat of GinISH evokes memories of cosy Christmas gatherings. To complement the drink's citrus flavour , add some Nordic Soda Water from Finnish Lapland, and enjoy a crisp, fresh hint of Nordic pine. You may not be able to travel to Lapland in 2020, but with this mocktail, you’ll feel like you're already there. 

How to make the perfect GinISH snow fizz

  1. Gather ingredients
    • 2 oz of GinISH
    • One egg white
    • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp of lime juice
    • 1 tbsp of heavy cream
    • 1 tbsp of heavy cream
    • 3 drops of orange blossom water
    • 1 bottle of Nordic Soda Water
  2. Put GinISH, orange blossom water, egg white, lemon juice and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with some simple syrup.
  3. Shake for 25 seconds.
  4. Add some ice and shake for another 30 seconds. 
  5. Strain the mixture into an 8-ounce glass and loosen the foam from the shaker with Nordic Soda Water.
  6. Slowly pour the water and foam mix into a glass and serve.

2. Be creative with Christmas cranberry punch

Since ancient times, Nordic people have eaten wild cranberries for their rich, slightly sour taste and nutritional value, while western countries have enjoyed them as part of their Christmas celebrations since the 19th century. It's easy to see why these little berries have taken the world by storm. They’re great tasting,  packed with vitamin C and iron and also make a fantastic punch.

For an extra kick of fizz and refreshing citrus aromas, there's Vinada Sparkling Gold, a low calorie sparkling wine from the Spanish region of La Mancha. It's crafted with traditional methods to lock in its refreshing taste and hints of grape, which complement the natural botanicals in GinISH.   

How to create the perfect Christmas punch in five minutes

  1. Gather ingredients
    • 2-3 cups of fresh or frozen cranberries, plus more for serving
    • Three clementines, thinly sliced
    • 8 cups of cranberry juice
    • 2 cups of GinISH
    • 1/2 cups of fresh clementine juice
    • One bottle of Vinada Sparkling Gold wine
  2. Scatter cranberries and clementine slices in a bundt pan, top with water and freeze. 
  3. Pour cranberry juice, GinISH and clementine juice into a punch bowl.
  4. Add the frozen cranberries and clementine slices. 
  5. Sprinkle on some additional cranberries for extra goodness.
  6. Top off with Vinada Sparkling Gold and serve.

3. Get cosy with a RumISH & Nordic ginger Christmas mocktail  

Characterised by warm spices, festive cranberries and a citrusy fizz, the RumISH & Nordic ginger Christmas mocktail is perfect for chasing away the winter chills. It's good for you too, as the unique blend of vitamin-rich ginger oil and cloudberry found in Nordic Ginger Ale may even help keep those pesky winter colds at bay. What's more, it mixes perfectly with Leitz Sparkling Riesling to create a bubbly and exciting party drink. 

Warm-up and relax in 5 minutes with these simple steps

  1. Gather ingredients
    • 50ml of RumISH
    • 30ml of Nordic Ginger Ale
    • 20ml of cranberry juice
    • 15ml of freshly squeezed lime juice
    • 10g of fresh ginger
    • 5ml of honey
    • A sprinkle of nutmeg
    • One bottle of Leitz Sparkling Riesling
  2. Grate fresh ginger and mix with lime juice and honey in a shaker glass
  3. Shake with RumISH and cranberry juice
  4. Sieve into glasses
  5. Top off with Nordic Ginger Ale and Leitz Sparkling Riesling
  6. Add a sprinkle of nutmeg to the top.
  7. Serve and enjoy.

4. Make a very merry mulled cider 

Mulled cider has been a winter favourite for generations and may even pre-date mulled wine. With a rich, sweet and spicy taste guaranteed to delight party guests, it's little wonder the ancient drink has made a comeback in recent years. What's more, it's really fun to make and is filled with intoxicating flavours of fruit and spices.  

Make 1.5 litres of mulled cider in seven simple steps.

  1. Gather ingredients
    •  Four bottles of Galipette 0% Cidre
    • Four bottles of Nordic Ginger Ale
    • One orange
    • A handful of cloves
    • Some cinnamon sticks
    • A splash of honey
    • A measure of RumISH
  2. Make small holes in an orange with a skewer.
  3. Insert cloves into the holes.
  4. Put the orange in a large saucepan.
  5. Add Galipette 0% Cidre, Nordic Ginger Ale, cinnamon sticks and a splash of honey.
  6. Put a lid on the saucepan before boiling.
  7. Once boiled, turn off the heat and add a measure of RummISH to the saucepan.
  8. Pour the liquid and the orange into a large container and serve.

5. Feel festive with a lingonberry Mojito

The lingonberry Mojito mixes Nordic flavour and Cuban spice to stimulate the senses and warm the body. The sultry and spicy kick of this exotic tipple comes from the natural Madagascar vanilla and chilli found in RumISH. These fiery features complement the slightly sour taste of lingonberry and the piney aroma of Nordic Soda Water for the perfect Christmas drink. Sunny Cuba may be a far cry from frosty Finland, but the flavours of these two nations are a match made in heaven.    

Make merry Mojitos in minutes

  1. Gather ingredients
    • Four ounces of lingonberry syrup.
    • 4 ounces of RumISH.
    • 15-20 fresh mint leaves.
    • Two tablespoons of lime juice.
    • One bottle of Nordic Soda Water.
  2. Shake some mint leaves and lime juice in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Add some ice cubes, lingonberry syrup, and RumISH and shake again.
  4. Strain and pour the mixture into two glasses with some ice.
  5. Add a little bit of mint.
  6. Add some Nordic Soda Water to the glass and stir.
  7. Garnish with a mint sprig.

 

Delicious, healthy and fun to make, Zero Percent mocktails promise to make your Christmas party an unforgettable evening of flavour and friendship. And with so many festive mocktails to try, you may find yourself mixing, shaking and partying until New Year.   

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