Orange really is the new black

Let’s face it, we all know Halloween is definitely more about the costumes than the pumpkin carving. Are you dressing up as a gin cocktail or a whisky bottle? We’ve still got to decide, but we know we’ll eventually end up naked in the sauna, so does it really matter? Of course, you need the perfect drink to accompany the festivities and debauchery. For this time of year and festivals on offer we like to set aside the rhubarb and strawberries in favor of something far more cozy and candlelit – we’re calling this drink a “Sainio”.

Named after a local farmer who supplies the sea buckthorn for our gin, this is definitely one of the most beloved drinks in our Distillery Bar. This one comes together quite easily, but you should still pay some attention. What you’ll need: a rye gin (we have a slight preference and recommendation for a Finnish one, some sea buckthorn berries, vanilla simple syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and lots of ice. To note: sea buckthorn berries are also known as the “lemon of the North” in these parts, by the way. 

To make the simplest of syrups, just bring a cup of water and a cup of sugar to boil, then cool it down. To make it vanilla simple syrup, bring the mixture to a boil once more and throw in a vanilla bean pod, then cool all the way down. Et voila, vanilla simple syrup – can be made spontaneously or kept in the fridge for up to a month. Sometimes you need to be able to pull a drink together at great speed and need to be ready, we get it. 

To make one drink you need

4 cl rye gin

4 tsp sea buckthorn berries (a small handful)

2 cl vanilla syrup

2 cl freshly squeezed lemon juice

Plenty of ice

Crush half the sea buckthorn berries in a shaker with your muddling stick (or non-business end of your cooking spoon, do what you want, we’re not the cops). Combine the rest of your liquid ingredients on top of your muddled berries with LOTS of ice and shake vigorously. Strain and pour into your favorite glass and garnish with a few Nordic lemons, with some ice if you like. Happy autumn!