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Passover cocktails?

Any suggestions for cocktails that would be kosher for Passover? My liquor cabinet for the holiday will consist of slivovitz, arak, 777 brandy, and assorted wines. Maybe I'll get a bottle of Sabra orange liqueur (which is great for margaritas, by the way). The only thing I've ever made with this assortment of booze is a highball I call a "Serbian suicide," which is slivovitz and Dr. Brown's Cel-ray tonic, but I haven't found kosher for passover Cel-Ray tonic for some years, it's hard enough to find it the rest of the year. And I guess I could dilute the arak like it's absinthe and stare at the louche. Does anybody make a kosher for Passover gin? Rum? vermouth? It seems like all of these could be made kosher for Passover.

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  1. Don't have any answers to your questions, but check out www.sippingseder.com for some interesting cocktails.

    1. There's a gin available, No. 209 from San Francisco. Kedem makes a vermouth (probably others out there too).

      There was a tequila available some time ago but I haven't seen it lately.

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      1. re: ferret

        There is also KP Vodka, had Vodka Martinis last year

        1. re: ferret

          I saw the KP tequila yesterday. As well as vodka.

          1. re: avitrek

            Where did you see the tequila (i.e. what store)? thanks!

              1. re: asher13

                Columbus Wine and Spirits. On Columbus between 95th and 96th st in Manhattan.

                1. re: avitrek

                  Thanks I visited them last year and could not remember the name, great selection.

              2. re: avitrek

                Vodka has been available for decades (sugar, potato or fruit-derived). The specialty spirits like gin, tequila are very recent. As for the vodkas, brands like Carmel and Kedem are pretty awful for drinking straight. There are other choices available like Zachlawi.

                In Chicago we have a local distiller, Koval, that has a number of Kosher-certified spirits but none are Passover certified (that I know of).

                1. re: ferret

                  I make horseradish infused vodka from the kedem, always a hit at Seders. :)

                  1. re: tzurriz

                    Yeah, I suppose that would be what it takes to make that Kedem stuff drinkable :-)

                    By the way, Lubavitchers, who like their vodka during the year, don't drink anything stronger than wine on Pesach, no matter how carefully supervised it is. But they've been known to break out the vodka as soon as Pesach is over, even while the seudas moshiach is still going! (Yes, this is permitted. The prohibition on chametz disappears as soon as it gets dark, even if one has not yet given up yomtov.)

                    1. re: zsero

                      What about allowing time to "repurchase" it back from the non-Jew you sold it to over the chag? Our rabbi is always careful to remind us to wait an hour or so. I guess Lubavitchers can have their own rules, but I don't think it's universally accepted that you can have chametz before you end yomtov.

                      1. re: queenscook

                        The Vilna Gaon z"tl very famously made a point of making havdalah on a good wheat beer at the conclusion of Pesach....

                        As for some fun Pesach inspire cocktails, how about these:

                        Moses Mojito: Tequila, fresh mint leaves, citrus juices like tangerine or orange, seltzer

                        Egyptian Sunrise: Tequila, pineapple juice, cranberry juice

                        10th Plague: Tequila, tomato juice, a squeeze of lemon or lime, hot sauce, celery salt, salt, pepper

                        1. re: queenscook

                          It's explicitly permitted in the Shulchan Aruch. As for time to repurchase it, I know rabbis like to talk about this, but I don't believe it's necessary. It's like eating something while in the check-out line at the supermarket. The store is delighted to have you do this, because it's a guaranteed sale; once you've opened it you can't put it back, and when you get to the cashier you will pay for it. Same here; the owner knows you're about to buy it from him, so he has no reason to object to your drinking it before the sale. So long as you pay for it, it's no skin off his nose, and it prevents you from the hypothetical possibility you had of sticking him with the chametz and refusing to repurchase it.

                          1. re: zsero

                            I understand the point, but then why doesn't that principle apply in another setting. I.e., the assumption was that it wasn't possible to eat chametz in Israel on Shabbat. If you can eat the chametz that will be purchased back because you will be buying it back, then why couldn't an Israeli eat his chametz yesterday on Shabbat?

                            1. re: craigcep

                              If it doesn't need cooking, and can be eaten on disposable keilim without contaminating the real ones, then he can. Vodka, for instance, out of plastic cups.

                      2. re: tzurriz

                        Thanks for this tip!! The Forward ran a recipe for this and I convinced my husband (not a difficult task) to donate some of his kfp vodka to the cause. We have a small jar infusing right now. How long do you find the minimum time for sitting?

                        1. re: lburrell

                          6 hours, bare minimum. I usually do 2-3 days.

                          1. re: tzurriz

                            This vodka was delicious!! After a few days, while there was still some left, we removed the horseradish and to stretch the vodka, added some straight kosher for passover vodka. I'm enjoying the sweet/hot flavor. Happy Passover

                            1. re: lburrell

                              I'm so glad! thanks for letting me know. :)

                2. Featured in today's SF Chronicle: Passover in a Cocktail Glass

                  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

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                  1. re: ola

                    I saw this and it seemed clear that these two fellas weren't interested in whether their ingredients were kosher for passover. I'm hoping to find something to mix with gin or vodka for a nightcap that isn't sweet. Any suggestions? Also there is a kforp limoncello I'm hoping to locate.

                      1. re: ferret

                        Thanks!!! And it's actually in California!! l'chaim

                  2. Binyamina makes a very nice sour apple liqueur. It's a scary shade of bright green, but it's pretty tasty if you're an appletini kind of person (I sometimes combine it with potato vodka if I want more "tini" than apple). This year I will be trying Binyamina's chocolate liqueur. Also, Skyview carries two flavors of pre-mixed K for P cocktails--I bought the Sea Breeze, and I can't remember what the other flavor was.

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                    1. re: absmiller

                      Take any frozen KP vodka, add 1 or 2 hot peppers, couple of ice cubes and drink. Eat the peppers afterwards.
                      Carmel used to make a sweet vermouth years ago, but have not seen it in a while. Also had a Grappa several years back, but never saw it again either.