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Beverages: Mixed Drinks

Booli

Booli is a typical refresher throughout the Baltic region, including Estonia. Its name derives from the Old English word bolle and originally alluded to the traditional container in which the booli was placed; nowadays, it refers to the drink itself. This mixed drink is more typical at parties than at bars. It peaked in popularity around the 1970s, although is still served as a refreshment at social functions today. Typically combining fresh fruit with wine and brandy, booli has countless variations exist. This particular recipe blends Champagne, brandy, pineapples, and oranges to form a delicious šampanjabool (Champagne bowl), although drinkers may easily deviate from these ingredients to create another flavored booli if desired. Refreshing, sweet, and effervescent, booli gives a party a festive Estonian touch.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bottles Champagne
  • 3 ½ oz sherry
  • 3 ½ oz brandy
  • 1 ¾ Cointreau
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • ½ pineapple
  • 2 oranges

Directions:

Cut the pineapple into chunks, and slice the oranges. Transfer the fruit to a large bowl and add the honey, sherry, brandy, and Cointreau. Stir well, and refrigerate for two hours. Immediately before serving, pour in the Champagne. Add ice to chill, if desired.

Booli
Booli

Kalevipoeg

Estonians are known for being heavy drinkers, especially with regard to vodka. The liquor even holds a spot in traditional folk medicine, such as one interesting remedy that calls for an individual to soak her socks in vodka before putting them on; even today, some Estonians swear by these “vodka socks.” Locally-produced Viru Valge is considered the most popular vodka in the country, although there is no shortage of other Estonian and Russian brands. Many Estonians drink their vodka straight rather than mixing it, however there are a few traditional vodka-based cocktails, such as kalevipoeg, a dessert drink that is heavy on the booze. Try this Estonian specialty with Viru Valge for extra authenticity—no sock-soaking required.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ oz Viru Valge vodka
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 lemon slice
  • honey

Directions:

Combine the vodka, juice, lemon, and honey. Mix well, until fully blended. Serve in a lowball glass over ice.

Kalevipoeg
Kalevipoeg

Jõululiköör

Homemade liqueurs, the making of which was once an outdated Estonian pastime, are making a comeback in the Baltic country. Typical infusions include locally grown herbs and berries, while adventurous drinkers have been known to experiment with rowanberry, sea-buckthorn berry, and spruce tips. At Christmastime, some Estonians like to give these homemade liqueurs as gifts to friends and family, and the recipe below is specifically intended for that purpose. Sweet and boozy, jõululiköör is an excellent way for one to either give or drink the local flavors of Estonia.

Ingredients:

  • 17 oz Viru Valge vodka
  • 1 cup fresh berries
  • ¾ cup sugar

Directions:

In a three-liter jar with and airtight lid, layer the berries and the sugar. Fill the jar to the brim with vodka, and seal tightly. Shake well until the sugar is dissolved. Leave in a cool, dark place for two weeks. Open the jar, and strain the liquid into a sealable bottle. Discard the remaining fruit. To serve, pour in lowball glasses over ice, use in cocktails, or give as a unique gift.

Jõululiköör
Jõululiköör

Millimallikas (Jellyfish)

While Tallinn is full of unique and interesting watering holes, Valli Baar is unquestionably in a rank all its own. The bar is placed under protection by the Tallinn Cultural Heritage Department, and attracts both loyal locals and patrons from all corners of the globe with its ’70s décor, great atmosphere, and signature drink—the milimallikas. Not for the faint of heart, this shot is usually chased with orange juice to combat its potency. Adventurous drinkers may wish to serve milimallikas at a party with friends to experience this Tallinner shooter.

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Sambuca
  • 1 part tequila
  • 2 dashes Tabasco sauce

Directions:

Pour the Sambuca into a shot glass. Use a spoon to carefully layer in the tequila. Top with a few dashes of Tabasco.

Millimallikas (Jellyfish)
Millimallikas

Vana Tallinn Coffee

Vana Tallinn (Old Tallinn), a robust, rum-based liqueur, is Estonia’s best-known alcoholic beverage and a local favorite. Famous for its dark brown color and distinctive, velvety taste, Vana Tallinn is flavored by hints of citrus, cinnamon, and vanilla. This so-called “Baileys of Estonia” is excellent drunk neat, used as a flavoring in desserts, or added as a complement to coffee. Try it in this popular yet simple coffee recipe to enjoy Estonia’s liquid treasure as the locals do.

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Vana Tallinn
  • 3 parts hot coffee
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Directions:

Pour the Vana Tallinn into a large mug. Top with freshly brewed coffee, and stir in the sugar, if desired.

Vana Tallinn Coffee
Vana Tallinn Coffee

Vana Tallinn

 

Vana Tallinn

Vana Tallinn is a newer liquor, created in 1962 by a master liquor maker, Ilse Maar. It is a rum-based liquor with a secret recipe that utilizes unnamed spices and citrus extracts. For many years, Vana Tallinn was mainly available in Estonia and select European countries. More recently, it has become available in the United States and Japan, and has won many international awards and accolades.

There are many versions of Vana Tallinn available, sorted by collection. A crème version is slightly sweet and deceptively smooth, as it actually has a high alcohol content. Its flavor is described as smooth or velvety, and it appeals to a broad audience. Available versions of Vana Tallinn include the original, rum-based liquor infused with citrus oils, cinnamon, vanilla, and rum. Available seasonally, Vana Tallinn Winter Spice includes cinnamon, cardamom, anise, and nutmeg. Vana Tallinn Heritage has hints of oak. Vana Tallinn Summer Lime has lime and mint flavors and is recommended for mixing with fruit juices. Vana Tallin Elégance features rare aged rum from Martinique. Unlike other versions, it is recommended that Vana Tallin Elégance be served neat or on the rocks rather than mixed with juices or crafted in cocktails.

Vana Tallin is available in Finland and Latvia, but it lacks worldwide distribution. In the United States, availability is limited to select stores, although it is becoming more available through online stores. Vana Tallinn ads imply that it is an ancient and historic drink, traditional in Estonia, but it is actually quite new to the liquor world, considering it was first introduced in 1962. The Vana Tallinn company creates new versions of the liquor to mark various occasions, including the 100th birthday of the nearby Republic of Finland.

Alcohol Content (Alcohol by Volume)

Vana Tallinn is available in three different strengths: 40, 45, and 50 percent ABV.

Color

Vana Tallinn has a dark brown color.

How It's Made

The recipe for Vana Tallinn is unknown, but its base is Jamaican rum, which is then flavored with spices including vanilla and various forms of citrus.

How It's Enjoyed

Vana Tallinn is a sweet liquor that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, including neat or over crushed ice. The rum-based liquor can also be used in cocktails in place of similar liquors, such as spiced rum, as well as be poured into coffee. It can be mixed with milk or kefir to create a concoction similar to a cream liqueur. Some fans also recommend pouring it over ice cream for a summer treat.

Major Brands

Vana Tallinn is sold under the brand of the same name.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Vana Tallinn
Vana Tallinn was first created in 1962.

Vana Tallinn

 

Vana Tallinn

Vana Tallinn is a newer liquor, created in 1962 by a master liquor maker, Ilse Maar. It is a rum-based liquor with a secret recipe that utilizes unnamed spices and citrus extracts. For many years, Vana Tallinn was mainly available in Estonia and select European countries. More recently, it has become available in the United States and Japan, and has won many international awards and accolades.

There are many versions of Vana Tallinn available, sorted by collection. A crème version is slightly sweet and deceptively smooth, as it actually has a high alcohol content. Its flavor is described as smooth or velvety, and it appeals to a broad audience. Available versions of Vana Tallinn include the original, rum-based liquor infused with citrus oils, cinnamon, vanilla, and rum. Available seasonally, Vana Tallinn Winter Spice includes cinnamon, cardamom, anise, and nutmeg. Vana Tallinn Heritage has hints of oak. Vana Tallinn Summer Lime has lime and mint flavors and is recommended for mixing with fruit juices. Vana Tallin Elégance features rare aged rum from Martinique. Unlike other versions, it is recommended that Vana Tallin Elégance be served neat or on the rocks rather than mixed with juices or crafted in cocktails.

Vana Tallin is available in Finland and Latvia, but it lacks worldwide distribution. In the United States, availability is limited to select stores, although it is becoming more available through online stores. Vana Tallinn ads imply that it is an ancient and historic drink, traditional in Estonia, but it is actually quite new to the liquor world, considering it was first introduced in 1962. The Vana Tallinn company creates new versions of the liquor to mark various occasions, including the 100th birthday of the nearby Republic of Finland.

Alcohol Content (Alcohol by Volume)

Vana Tallinn is available in three different strengths: 40, 45, and 50 percent ABV.

Color

Vana Tallinn has a dark brown color.

How It's Made

The recipe for Vana Tallinn is unknown, but its base is Jamaican rum, which is then flavored with spices including vanilla and various forms of citrus.

How It's Enjoyed

Vana Tallinn is a sweet liquor that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, including neat or over crushed ice. The rum-based liquor can also be used in cocktails in place of similar liquors, such as spiced rum, as well as be poured into coffee. It can be mixed with milk or kefir to create a concoction similar to a cream liqueur. Some fans also recommend pouring it over ice cream for a summer treat.

Major Brands

Vana Tallinn is sold under the brand of the same name.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Vana Tallinn
Cinnamon and anise are among this liquor's ingredients.

Vana Tallinn

 

Vana Tallinn

Vana Tallinn is a newer liquor, created in 1962 by a master liquor maker, Ilse Maar. It is a rum-based liquor with a secret recipe that utilizes unnamed spices and citrus extracts. For many years, Vana Tallinn was mainly available in Estonia and select European countries. More recently, it has become available in the United States and Japan, and has won many international awards and accolades.

There are many versions of Vana Tallinn available, sorted by collection. A crème version is slightly sweet and deceptively smooth, as it actually has a high alcohol content. Its flavor is described as smooth or velvety, and it appeals to a broad audience. Available versions of Vana Tallinn include the original, rum-based liquor infused with citrus oils, cinnamon, vanilla, and rum. Available seasonally, Vana Tallinn Winter Spice includes cinnamon, cardamom, anise, and nutmeg. Vana Tallinn Heritage has hints of oak. Vana Tallinn Summer Lime has lime and mint flavors and is recommended for mixing with fruit juices. Vana Tallin Elégance features rare aged rum from Martinique. Unlike other versions, it is recommended that Vana Tallin Elégance be served neat or on the rocks rather than mixed with juices or crafted in cocktails.

Vana Tallin is available in Finland and Latvia, but it lacks worldwide distribution. In the United States, availability is limited to select stores, although it is becoming more available through online stores. Vana Tallinn ads imply that it is an ancient and historic drink, traditional in Estonia, but it is actually quite new to the liquor world, considering it was first introduced in 1962. The Vana Tallinn company creates new versions of the liquor to mark various occasions, including the 100th birthday of the nearby Republic of Finland.

Alcohol Content (Alcohol by Volume)

Vana Tallinn is available in three different strengths: 40, 45, and 50 percent ABV.

Color

Vana Tallinn has a dark brown color.

How It's Made

The recipe for Vana Tallinn is unknown, but its base is Jamaican rum, which is then flavored with spices including vanilla and various forms of citrus.

How It's Enjoyed

Vana Tallinn is a sweet liquor that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, including neat or over crushed ice. The rum-based liquor can also be used in cocktails in place of similar liquors, such as spiced rum, as well as be poured into coffee. It can be mixed with milk or kefir to create a concoction similar to a cream liqueur. Some fans also recommend pouring it over ice cream for a summer treat.

Major Brands

Vana Tallinn is sold under the brand of the same name.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Vana Tallinn
Vana Tallinn has a dark brown color.

Vana Tallinn

 

Vana Tallinn

Vana Tallinn is a newer liquor, created in 1962 by a master liquor maker, Ilse Maar. It is a rum-based liquor with a secret recipe that utilizes unnamed spices and citrus extracts. For many years, Vana Tallinn was mainly available in Estonia and select European countries. More recently, it has become available in the United States and Japan, and has won many international awards and accolades.

There are many versions of Vana Tallinn available, sorted by collection. A crème version is slightly sweet and deceptively smooth, as it actually has a high alcohol content. Its flavor is described as smooth or velvety, and it appeals to a broad audience. Available versions of Vana Tallinn include the original, rum-based liquor infused with citrus oils, cinnamon, vanilla, and rum. Available seasonally, Vana Tallinn Winter Spice includes cinnamon, cardamom, anise, and nutmeg. Vana Tallinn Heritage has hints of oak. Vana Tallinn Summer Lime has lime and mint flavors and is recommended for mixing with fruit juices. Vana Tallin Elégance features rare aged rum from Martinique. Unlike other versions, it is recommended that Vana Tallin Elégance be served neat or on the rocks rather than mixed with juices or crafted in cocktails.

Vana Tallin is available in Finland and Latvia, but it lacks worldwide distribution. In the United States, availability is limited to select stores, although it is becoming more available through online stores. Vana Tallinn ads imply that it is an ancient and historic drink, traditional in Estonia, but it is actually quite new to the liquor world, considering it was first introduced in 1962. The Vana Tallinn company creates new versions of the liquor to mark various occasions, including the 100th birthday of the nearby Republic of Finland.

Alcohol Content (Alcohol by Volume)

Vana Tallinn is available in three different strengths: 40, 45, and 50 percent ABV.

Color

Vana Tallinn has a dark brown color.

How It's Made

The recipe for Vana Tallinn is unknown, but its base is Jamaican rum, which is then flavored with spices including vanilla and various forms of citrus.

How It's Enjoyed

Vana Tallinn is a sweet liquor that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, including neat or over crushed ice. The rum-based liquor can also be used in cocktails in place of similar liquors, such as spiced rum, as well as be poured into coffee. It can be mixed with milk or kefir to create a concoction similar to a cream liqueur. Some fans also recommend pouring it over ice cream for a summer treat.

Major Brands

Vana Tallinn is sold under the brand of the same name.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Vana Tallinn
Bottle ov Vana Tallinn's prime collection