Prior to my introduction at the Mohegan Sun Wine & Food Festival, I had never tried or even heard of Long Drink. Clearly, I’ve been missing out because the Long Drink has been around for more than 65 years. Lonkero is the actual name for Long Drink in Finland and this ready-to-go cocktail’s history dates back to 1952. That year, the Finnish government created the drink to serve to guests visiting the Olympic games. People loved it and the gin and grapefruit juice cocktail has been a winning combination ever since.

In fact, the Long Drink is widely considered the, “Best kept secret of Finland.” Well lucky for us, the secret is out. Long Drink has been very popular in Asia and Europe, yet recently the founders Finn Ere Partanen, Mikael Taipale and Sakari Manninen decided to debut their product in the United States. In early 2018, Long Drink was unveiled in the New York and Connecticut markets. A third market was added in September 2018 in Georgia.

Don’t worry, if you don’t happen to live in these areas because you can order Long Drink online. Yes, you heard me right. You can order this refreshingly citrus canned cocktail online and FedEx will deliver it to your door. Another thing that I was painfully unaware of is that you can order alcohol and have it delivered. What??? I need to get with the program! Packages come with 6 12oz cans of Long Drink and run for around $15 each. The Long Drink has a crisp taste with a hint of grapefruit and virtually no alcohol taste although the alcohol content is 5.5% per can.

The Long Drink is really in a category of its own separate from beer, wine or liquor. The light flavor is perfect for a summer day whether it be at the beach, a backyard BBQ or tailgating at your favorite sporting event. I like to enjoy mine surrounded by the ocean and palm trees. Where will you Long Drink?

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