Spirits & Cocktails

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The Sipping Seder (a new cocktail project)

Posted by raab, Mar 18, 2011.

I wanted to share a new cocktail project my partner and I just published. 

It's called The Sipping Seder, and it's a creative re-imagining of the traditional Passover meal as a cocktail list based on classic inspirations and a bit of modern mixology.

We've been working on it for about two years. The nature of the project is a rather irreverent, but we put a lot of serious thought into the cocktail recipes. 

We hope you'll check it out if you have a couple of minutes. We would be delighted to know what you think of it.  


Reply by Richard Foxall, Mar 19, 2011.

Okay, funny.  Do we consume those and the glasses of wine?  Sounds like a disaster on an empty stomach.  Also, the bourbons contain grains, which many might claim are not kosher for passover.  (Assuming the vodka is potato based, but that could be a no-no also.)  Still, it beats any of the kosher wines I have tried.

Reply by raab, Mar 20, 2011.

Hi, Foxall --

Because of the grains used to distill the spirits in the recipes, the cocktails in The Sipping Seder are not kosher for Passover. However, a few of our drinks can be adapted easily to meet the requirements. Or, you can enjoy any of these cocktails to get into the spirit of the holiday as Passover approaches.

The maror cocktail is kosher for Passover if prepared with a potato-based vodka. Despite common misconception, most vodkas on the market today are distilled from wheat. Be sure to check carefully or ask for a recommendation.

Distillery 209 introduced a lovely kosher-for-Passover gin last year made from certified sugar-cane-based neutral spirits with an adjusted mix of botanicals. It would work very well in the chazeret cocktail. We hesitated to specify it only because of its limited availability. If you can’t track down a bottle, I would check with the distillery directly. They are very nice people.

You might also want to try this gin in the karpas cocktail. It doesn’t have quite the same interplay with the flavor of the parsley, but it’s still an interesting cocktail.

See http://www.sippingseder.com/about/#kosher

If you try any of the cocktails, we'd love to know what you think of them. Thanks and Happy Passover!


Reply by Richard Foxall, Mar 20, 2011.

I'm not planning on serving my mother in law any of these, and I'm not Jewish, so I can drink them to my heart's content, but thanks.

Wait, isn't Purim first?  Now that's an occasion for cocktails.  Especially for goys who married into it, like me, since it's a story of intermarriage

Reply by joebernardinoATyahoo, Oct 20, 2011.

Chopin, Luksosowa, and Monopole I believe are potato based vodkas, also Slivovitz is a popular Kosher for Passover spirit because it is distilled from plums


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