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9 Rosh Hashanah Cocktails to Try

As the sun dips below the horizon, and the shofar’s sound resonates in the crisp autumn air, it’s time to toast to tradition with Rosh Hashanah cocktails. 

apples and honey sangria

These drinks are a harmonious blend of heritage and innovation, crafted to elevate the High Holiday festivities. Whether savored at a family gathering, synagogue celebration, or an intimate home soirée, these cocktails encapsulate the essence of the Jewish New Year. Infused with symbolic flavors like apple, honey, and pomegranate, they symbolize sweetness, renewal, and abundance. Join us in raising a glass to a sweet and prosperous year ahead with Rosh Hashanah cocktails that seamlessly merge heritage and hedonism.

Happy New Year, Honey

Happy New Year, Honey
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Crafted with a rich blend of applejack brandy and bourbon, the “Happy New Year, Honey” cocktail embodies the sweet essence of Rosh Hashanah. Its distinctive flavor profile stems from the spiced honey syrup, a fusion of cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, and honey. This elixir stands out for its seamless integration of autumnal spices and the luscious notes of fresh blood orange juice. Best enjoyed amidst the festivities of the Jewish New Year, this cocktail harmonizes tradition with innovation, offering a delightful toast to the sweetness of the year ahead. 


Rosh Hashanah Sangria

Rosh Hashanah Sangria
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The Rosh Hashanah Sangria is an exquisite blend of flavors, featuring a rich amalgamation of red wine, pure pomegranate juice, and grape juice, elevated with a hint of brandy and triple sec. This cocktail offers a symphony of tastes, with the sweet allure of honey, the tartness of pomegranate, the crispness of apple slices, and the burst of grape goodness. What sets this Sangria apart is its perfect harmony of tradition and innovation, making it a delightful choice for celebrating the Jewish New Year. Best enjoyed amidst the joyful festivities of Rosh Hashanah, it embodies the spirit of the occasion, bringing family and friends together to toast to a sweet and prosperous year ahead.


The Shana Tova Cocktail

The Shana Tova Cocktail
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The Shana Tova Cocktail embodies the essence of Rosh Hashanah with its delightful blend of Apple-Honey Syrup. Crafted from the harmonious union of Kedem Apple Juice and Manischewitz Honey, it encapsulates the spirit of the holiday. This cocktail stands out for its simplicity, making it an ideal choice for gatherings with loved ones. The combination of these common yet sacred ingredients, complemented by the subtle tartness of fresh lemon juice and the rich warmth of Boondocks Bourbon, makes it a heartfelt toast to the New Year. 


Apples and Honey Punch for Rosh Hashanah

Apples and Honey Punch for Rosh Hashanah
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Embrace the spirit of Rosh Hashanah with the Apples and Honey Punch, a delightful fusion of flavors that captures the essence of tradition and celebration. This enchanting cocktail harmoniously combines the sweet embrace of apple cider with the warm notes of honey bourbon, offering a taste that’s both comforting and satisfying. Adorned with slices of Granny Smith apples and optional honey sticks, it not only pleases the palate but also adds a visual feast to your festivities. The best part? Its straightforward recipe, comprising common ingredients, ensures that everyone can partake in this flavorful tradition.


Sweet New Year

Sweet New Year
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The Sweet New Year cocktail embodies the essence of Rosh Hashanah’s sweetness with its delightful blend of apple brandy, honey syrup, and a hint of Angostura bitters. It’s a harmonious marriage of crisp apple notes and the rich warmth of honey, creating a taste that mirrors the blessings of the New Year. What sets this cocktail apart is its simplicity, using common ingredients that symbolize the holiday’s traditions. Best enjoyed during festive gatherings or as a heartfelt toast, this cocktail encapsulates the spirit of the holiday and why it’s considered the best choice for raising a glass to a sweet new beginning.


Rosh Hashanah Pomegroni

Rosh Hashanah Pomegroni
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The Rosh Hashanah Pomegroni is a delightful concoction that seamlessly blends the rich tartness of pomegranate juice with the subtle sweetness of white vermouth or Lillet. Its heartwarming notes are elevated by the complex depth of dry gin, imparting a harmonious balance of flavors. A dash of Angostura bitters adds a touch of complexity, while a slice of blood orange or other citrus wheels lends a vibrant visual and aromatic appeal. What makes this cocktail truly exceptional is its ability to capture the essence of celebration, making it perfect for Rosh Hashanah gatherings.


The Shanahtini

The Shanahtini
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The Shanahtini, a delightful Rosh Hashanah cocktail, offers a harmonious blend of flavors. Crafted with Granny Smith apples, vodka or gin, Berentzen Apple Liqueur, and zesty lemon juice, it boasts a crisp and vibrant taste that encapsulates the spirit of the holiday. What sets this cocktail apart is its infusion of honey, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice, providing a warm and comforting sweetness that resonates with tradition. Garnished with pomegranate seeds, it’s best enjoyed during festive gatherings, serving as a heartfelt toast to the sweet year ahead.


Blood Orange Manischewitz Cocktail

Blood Orange Manischewitz Cocktail
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Infused with the rich, deep flavors of Manischewitz Concord Grape wine, the Blood Orange Manischewitz Cocktail delivers a symphony of fruity indulgence. This captivating concoction seamlessly marries the sweet essence of blood orange juice with the robust notes of Manischewitz syrup, culminating in a harmonious dance on your taste buds. Crafted with certified KFP potato-based vodka, it embodies tradition and excellence. What sets it apart is its simplicity, featuring readily available ingredients that make it perfect for celebrating Rosh Hashanah.


Apple & Honey Old Fashioned

Apple & Honey Old Fashioned
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The Apple & Honey Old Fashioned, a delightful twist on a classic, exudes warmth and richness. Crafted with bourbon, apple cider, orange bitters, and a touch of honey, it boasts a harmonious blend of deep, smoky notes from the bourbon and the sweet, crisp essence of apple cider. This cocktail shines with its simplicity, making it a beloved choice during Rosh Hashanah gatherings. What sets it apart is the subtle interplay between the bourbon’s robust character and the soothing embrace of honey, perfectly complemented by apple slices and cinnamon sticks.


apples and honey sangria

9 Rosh Hashanah Cocktail Recipes

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