Hauskaa Vappua or Happy May Day! Today in Finland people will gather celebrate this public holiday known as Vappua in carnival-style across the country. People of all ages will gather to party outside, picnic, wear decorative clothing and cheers many new friends. To further celebrate this holiday, some Finns also enjoy making a traditional lemonade called "Sima" from lemons, brown sugar, and yeast (contains very little alcohol). Others will also make doughnuts called "Munkki", a crisp pastry fried in oil and covered in tons of sugar, or "Tippaleipä" which is more like a funnel cake. As someone with a set of Finnish grandparents, I can tell you that each of these things are tasty delicious!
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How to Make Finnish Sima
Here is how to make your own home-brewed slightly alcoholic bubbly lemondade (also a whole lot cheaper than trying to make beer or wine at home).
- 7 cups water
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
- 1 lemons, washed and thinly sliced (you can add more if you prefer)
- A dash or 1/4 teaspoon yeast
- 10-15 raisins
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