Finnair’s new signature cocktail inspired by the sunset takes off to the skies
From 11 May onwards, you can enjoy our brand-new signature cocktail, created together with Danish Mikropolis Cocktails. Plenty of lingonberries, a splash of gin and a dash of orange peel bring you a whole new form of enjoyment on our long-haul flights.
Sit back and relax, your long-haul flight is about to take off. Maybe admire the stunning view above the clouds, perhaps the beautiful sunset glowing in the shades of red, orange and yellow. Let us introduce you our new signature drink, Northern Blush, which got its name from this exact magical moment.
More choice with fresh, Nordic flavours
Finnair’s first signature drink is available in all travel classes on long-haul flights and comes with real Finnish lingonberries, gin and orange peel. You might also taste nuances of citrus and a hint of juniper berry in this fresh and sour novelty. The colour of the drink is vivid red, and its scent transports you into a Finnish forest.
“Cocktails are a growing trend and have become a part of the meal service. Unlike before, people are drinking cocktails also during the meal, so we wanted to add more choice in our selection,” tells Lauri Ahonen, Concept & Category Manager at Finnair Kitchen.
The cocktail is served with ice and a slice of lemon. The drink is a ready-made quality cocktail mix in a pretty can, and on its label, you can admire the colours of a sunset.
Seamless and Nordic cooperation
“An airplane as an environment comes with limited opportunities for preparing cocktails, so our aim was to bring in our selection a ready-made premium drink-mix,” Ahonen says. “We selected Danish Mikropolis Cocktails as our partner, as they have manufactured bar-quality drink-mixes also before. The cooperation has been agile and seamless.”
Options for the main flavour and ingredients included lingonberry, cloudberry, pine and birch – something else than blueberry that’s already very characteristic for Finnair.
“We very quickly came up with the theme of light, lush, sparkling lingonberry cocktail reminiscing the components of the widely known Cosmopolitan cocktail. Once we were able to source lingonberries of Finnish origin, we were sure that the plan was bulletproof,” tells Morten Bruun, responsible for research and development at Mikropolis.
The project really only started in December 2021, and only five months later the new signature drink is already part of the drink selection on our long-haul flights. The cooperation with a small, Nordic operator ensures more agile development work, and as a result, Finnair’s drink selection or signature drink might change sooner in the future.
Fresh and likeable taste
”I believe many of our customers will savour the taste of our new signature drink. I hope people from all around the world will give it a try,” Ahonen says. Even if lingonberry isn’t your favourite flavour, it’s worth trying this cocktail.
Northern Blush will be available on all our long-haul flights as of 11 May, at the same time when the first elevated long-haul flights take off with the renewed service concepts. You can try the drink in all our travel classes. In Economy Class, it is complimentary with the first meal service, and afterwards, you can purchase it for €8.
During 11–13 May 2022, you can also taste the Finnair-exclusive drink at Helsinki Airport’s Finnair Lounges.