Fermented Drink Recipes

How to Make Honey Sima at Home


Sima, also known as Finnish spring mead, is a lightly fermented lemonade typically enjoyed during May Day celebrations. Try this refreshing beverage and tell us how you liked it!

How to Make Honey Sima At Home

Recipe by Kelsey ByeCourse: Fermented DrinksCuisine: FinnishDifficulty: Easy


Prep time




  • 2-3 organic lemons

  • 2 quarts filtered water

  • 1/2 cup raw organic honey

  • 1/16 teaspoon champagne yeast

  • 20 organic raisins


  • Thinly slice lemons.
  • In a large pot, bring water to a boil.
  • Remove water from heat and add the lemons.
  • Let mixture sit until lukewarm, then add in the honey and yeast and stir.
  • Pour into 2 quart-sized glass jars, dividing the lemons between the two jars. Add raisins (10 to each jar) and cover with cheesecloth or coffee filter.
  • Let the sima sit for 8-12 hours. By then, tiny bubbles should have formed around the perimeter of the jars and the raisins should be floating.
  • Strain the lemons and raisins out and pour liquid into flip-top bottles or into two quart-sized glass jars. Cap tightly and let stand at room temperature for 3 days to build carbonation.
  • After three days, pop in the refrigerator and enjoy cold!


  • Garnish with mint or rosemary for a sophisticated beverage.
  • Don't forget to take pictures and please share your creations with us @beniciafermentory

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