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Hanukah cocktail???

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I want to have some pitchers of cocktails ready for my Hanukah guests. Kosher is not important. I want to start with vodka (honoring the potato latkes) and apple brandy (the applesauce). Where to I go from here?
I prefer to not have an overly sweet drink. Ideas, please.

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  1. Gin and tonic-ah (silly nod to Adam Sandler).

    My good friend does Vodka tonics and Calvados, but has Collins prep for those who want Vodka Collins(es).

    Happy Holidays!

    1. A flaming cocktail might be appropriate. Or a cocktail with some herbal elements to complement the latkes. Or and I cringe when as I write this, a sangria using Manischewitz wine.

      1. Thanks for the feedback. I do want to stick with the vodka and apple brandy and go from there with whatever juices, mixers, etc that might be appropriate.

        1. You could make a Jack Rose variant with Apple Brandy, Vodka, lemon juice and homemade grenadine. Vodka with cranberries and sparkling wine could be a good seasonal and festive drink. How about a French 75 redux, say a Polish 75 with Sobieski Vodka (my go to value brand bc of its Rye component, flavor and price point). Lemon, simple syrup, and sparkling wine.

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          1. re: DrinkinLife

            I'll try the Jack Rose and see if I like it. Thanks.

          2. How about something with slivovitz? Saw this "Slivovitz Cocktail": 2oz slivovitz, 1/4 oz triple sec, 2 dashes angostura. Possibly good...