Framboises: Kosher? Other Suggestions for Kosher Liquor for Gifting?
Hi. My husband loves raspberries, and I usually try to buy fresh ones for Valentines Day.
However, I need a special present for him.
Is the raspberry liquor Framboises kosher? (I doubt it: husband had to give up Campari years ago)
Does anyone have any suggestions or knowledge about kosher liquors?
Please note: We have a 23-year old bottle of Sabra.
Thanks very much, p.j. (who is still trying to find kosher sherry: tino pepe no longer kosher )
If you are discussing eau de vie, then Framboise is questionable. As a soft fruit, it is made by macerating raspberries in a neutral spirit, then distilling and bottling the result to make a brandy flavored by the distilled essence of rapberries. this is as opposed to hard fruit brandies, which are produced by distilling the fermented mash of those fruits. Chances are the original alcohol source is brandy, and as such would typically not be kosher.
If you are discussing sweetened liqueurs, then the primary alcohol source can be brandy, grain spirits eau de vie framboise, to which raspberry and other flavors, together with sweetener, could be added. Definitely potentially problematic. There are probably kosher brands and nonkosher brands.
Amaretto (almond) and Frangelico (hazelnut) are both kosher as are some Godiva and Starbucks liquors, I believe. There are also some very fancy and expensive whiskeys and tequilas that will make a good impression. Cherry Heering is also kosher and actually tastes like cherry.
If you have your heart set on raspberries,you could make a batch of frozen daiquiris or margaritas. Basically it's a smoothie with some added sugar or simple syrup and lemon and then either tequila or rum. We have a beach where we live, but you could set some lawn chairs or a beach towel up in your den...
Several raspberry varieties of the DeKuyper brand, and many other varieties, are listed on the OU website.