Today marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, or, for all the gentiles out there, Jewish New Year. This two-day affair is celebrated with family, friends, and delicious food and drink — kinda like December 31st, but with a lot less empty resolutions and a lot more spiritual meaning. Typical treats include challah bread, apples dipped in honey, and pomegranates, and a tipple or two to make the tradition even more festive. So grab a kosher cocktail in one hand and your shofar in the other, and give a toast to a sweet new year with these three satisfying recipes.
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cup liquor like as brandy or triple sec
1 apple, sliced
1 orange, sliced with peel
1 lemon, sliced with peel
Directions: In a punch bowl or large pitcher, add sugar to the wine and mix until dissolved. Add the rest of the ingredients, then mix and refrigerate for 2-24 hours. When serving, mix 1/2 cup sangria with 1/2 cup club soda and garnish with a slice of sangria fruit for an extra boozy kick.
HONEY WHISKY CIDER
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey whisky
Sparkling cider, preferably dry
Directions: Combine Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey with sparkling cider to taste.
1 ½ cups pomegranate juice
Kosher Salt Tequila
Fresh lime juice
Directions: In a small pitcher mix the 1 ½ cups of chilled pomegranate juice, tequila, triple sec and lime juice. Mix to combine. Toast to new beginnings and a happy, healthy new year.