Lemon mead is very popular in Finland. Known as sima in Finnish, it is often drunk during May Day celebrations. Here is the recipe for this refreshing drink:
1/4 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
12 cups boiling water
1/8 teaspoon yeast
Peel the lemon skin of the lemon and set aside.
Cut away the white membrane of the lemon and discard.
Slice the lemon thinly.
In a bowl, combine the lemon slices, lemon skin, white sugar and brown sugar.
Pour boiling water over the lemon and sugar.
Stir and let the mixture cool.
When it is warm, stir in the yeast.
Allow the mead to ferment uncovered at room temperature for about 12 hours.
To bottle use two bottles with caps.
Place 1 teaspoon of sugar and 3 raisins in the bottom of each bottle.
Strain the mead and pour the liquid into the bottles.
Close the bottles tightly and let stand at room temperature for one or two days.
When the raisins have risen to the surface, fill the bottles until ready to serve.
This is a drink with a low alcohol content. Enjoy!