A family member recently returned from Finland, bringing with them a rather fascinating can: Hartwall Cool Grape Long Drink. Canned at 4.7%ABV, this is made by Hartwall Oy Ab of Finland and is a carbonated grapefruit drink that is fermented rather than mixed.
Hartwall also make a range of other ready-to-drink products, including their Original Long Drink (Gin & Grapefruit). These pre-mixed drinks were created in 1952 for the Helsinki Olympics in order to cut down on workloads for bar staff.
So how does it taste?
Nose: Consists of a mix of grapefruit, grape and vanilla.
Taste: Alongside a mix of grapefruit and sparkling wine is a grape-y yeastiness; you can see how this is fermented grape juice. It is a bit like Ting Grapefruit soda, but is less sweet and less zesty.