Sima, a fermented lemonade normally prepared during the May Day celebrations, is a sweet seasonal Finnish mead.
2 1/2 cups of brown sugar
2 1/2 cups white sugar
1/3 cup of dark corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon of dry yeast
10 quart of water
1. Peel the lemons very thinly, remove the white under layer off and throw it away. Thinly slice the lemons. Boil the water in a large pot. Remove it from the heat and mix in the lemon peel, the sugars, and the syrup. Once the sugars have dissolved, cover the pot and cool to room temperature.
2. Next, add the yeast and the lemon slices to the pot and let stand overnight. Put 5 raisins and 1 teaspoon of white sugar in the bottom of each bottle. Pour the Sima into the bottles, straining through a sieve to remove the lemon.
3. Once the raisins have risen to the top then the Sima is ready, this takes approximately 4-7 days. Serve chilled.