Look no further for a delectable and invigorating cocktail recipe compliant with kosher regulations. From Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to Sukkot and Chanukah, the holiday season is upon us and an ideal time to pour a few libations in celebration. (Although we won’t judge if you imbibe in this kosher cocktail all other times of the year.)

What Makes Something Kosher?

Kosher is a term used to describe food that adheres to Jewish dietary rules. In addition to which animals can be eaten, there are rules in the way the animal is slaughtered and how their meat should be prepared.

Kosher laws prohibit the mixing of meat and dairy products in a meal. The process of certifying food as kosher involves inspections of the ingredients, production facilities, and equipment to ensure they meet strict standards. The aim of kosher laws is to promote a healthy and ethical lifestyle while maintaining a connection to Jewish traditions.

What Makes a Drink Kosher?

For a drink to be kosher, any alcohol used must be produced from kosher ingredients, and any additives or flavorings used cannot contain non-kosher ingredients. Additionally, the production facilities and equipment used to create the drink must be inspected to ensure they meet kosher standards. Overall, the same principles and processes that apply to certifying food as kosher also apply to certifying drinks as kosher.

Kosher Cocktail Recipe

INGREDIENTS

3 oz fresh lemon juice
3 oz pomegranate juice
1 oz mint simple syrup (recipe below)
2 oz bourbon

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine all liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 2 minutes until chilly cold. Pour into martini glass. Garnish your kosher cocktail with the rind of the lemon and pomegranate arils.

Mint Simple Syrup

INGREDIENTS

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1.5 cups chopped fresh mint

INSTRUCTIONS

Mix water and sugar together in pot on medium heat, simmer until sugar is dissolved, remove from heat, and add mint leaves. Let seep for a minimum of 15 minutes.

Recipe by Judah Cowen, Elegant Edge Catering Company / Photography and Styling by Keith Recker

 

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