Kosher Drinks of the Season

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Kosher Drinks of the Season

written by Don Chareunsy for themodern.news

Manischewitz Wines are staples of many kosher occasions, but there are myriad other options ready for purchase at your local supermarket and specialty stores. Here are premium suggestions for kosher wines, which can be difficult to find, kosher spirits — not as difficult! — and a kosher beer as Hanukkah begins Tuesday, Dec. 12, and ends Wednesday, Dec. 20 (always drink responsibly). L’chaim!

Kosher Wines

$15-$20

Freixenet Excelencia
Brut

Cava, Spain

Where to find it:

Smith’s Food and Drug, 2211 N. Rampart Blvd.

Yarden Chardonnay

$25-$30

Yarden
Chardonnay

Galilee, Israel

Where to find it:

Albertsons, 2550 S. Fort Apache Road
Total Wine & More, 501 N. Stephanie St., Henderson

Mount Hermon Red Blend

$15-$20

Mount Hermon
Red Blend

Galilee, Israel

Where to find it:

Smith’s Food and Drug
Total Wine & More
Whole Foods Market

Mount Tabor Cabernet Sauvignon

$15-$18

Mount Tabor
Cabernet Sauvignon

Galilee, Israel

Where to find it:

Smith’s Food and Drug, 2211 N. Rampart Blvd.

Mosaic Red Wine

$55-$60

Shiloh Mosaic
Red Wine

Judean Hills, Israel

Where to find it:

Smith’s Food and Drug, 2211 N. Rampart Blvd.

Reichan Assemblage Red Blend

$35-$40

Barkan Reichan Assemblage
Red Blend

Upper Galilee, Israel

Where to find it:

Smith’s Food and Drug, 2211 N. Rampart Blvd.

Kosher Spirits

Kosher spirits — bourbon, gin, tequila and vodka — are widely common — you probably already have a few bottles in your liquor cabinet at home — and available at retail locations everywhere:

Four Roses Bourbon
Four Roses Bourbon
Michter's Bourbon
Michter's Bourbon
Larceny Bourbon
Larceny Bourbon
Elijah Craig Bourbon
Elijah Craig Bourbon
Bombay Sapphire
Bombay Sapphire Gin
Roca Patron
Roca Patron Tequila
Patron Citronge
Patron Citronge Tequila
Patron XO Cafe
Patron XO Cafe Tequila
Cruzan Rum
GlenLivet Nadurra
Glenlivet Nadurra 16 Year Scotch
Absolut Vodka
Absolut Vodka
Stolichnaya Vodka
Stolichnaya Vodka
Belvedere Vodka
Belvedere Vodka

Kosher Cocktails

Kosher Drinks | Eight Days

Eight Days

  • 2 oz. Elijah Craig Bourbon
  • ½ oz. Honey Syrup (equal parts honey and water)
  • 2 dashes Australian Aromatic Bitters
  • Glass: Rocks
  • Method: Combine all ingredients and stir with ice. Strain over an ice sphere.
  • Garnish: Apple slices
Kosher Drinks | Tipsy Sufganiyot

Tipsy Sufganiyot

  • 1 ½ oz. Roca Patron Silver
  • 1 bar spoon high-quality Raspberry Jam
  • ¾ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ oz. Simple Syrup
  • Glass: Cocktail
  • Method: Combine all ingredients with ice and shake well. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish: Raspberries dusted with powdered sugar.

And here’s a truly kosher beer that we recommend:

Kosher Spirits | Brooklyn Lager
American Style Amber Lager

Brooklyn Lager

Malts: American 2-row, Munich, Crisp
Hops: Ahtanum, Cascade, Saphir, Vanguard, Hallertauer Mittelfrueh

Alcohol by Volume: 5.2%

From Brooklyn Brewery: “(Many) of our 12-ounce bottled and canned beers are kosher (look for the kosher symbol on the label of our bottles). This includes our flagship, Brooklyn Lager, as well as many of our draft beers. For a list of kosher beers, email info@brooklynbrewery.com.

“In the late 1800s, Brooklyn was one of the largest brewing centers in the country, home to more than 45 breweries. Lager beer in the ‘Vienna’ style was one of the local favorites. Brooklyn Lager is amber-gold in color and displays a firm malt center supported by a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. Caramel malts show in the finish.

“The aromatic qualities of the beer are enhanced by ‘dry-hopping,’ the centuries-old practice of steeping beer with fresh hops as it undergoes a long, cold maturation. The result is a wonderfully flavorful beer, smooth, refreshing and very versatile with food. Dry-hopping is largely a British technique, which we’ve used in a Viennese-style beer to create an American original.”