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8 Hanukkah Cocktail Recipes for Each Night

Hanukkah is the celebration of light triumphing over darkness, a time for Jewish families to gather, reflect on their blessings, and celebrate. That means lighting candles, enjoying some delicious fried foods, and perhaps partaking in a cocktail (or eight).1 

We’ve compiled a selection of unique Hanukkah cocktails that you can craft with our SLIQ  alcohol ice pops to celebrate this Jewish holiday season. (Remember, two SLIQ  pops contain the equivalent of the typical amount of alcohol found in a craft cocktail.)

#1 Olive Oil Sour

Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of a small supply of lamp oil lasting for eight nights—so we’ve incorporated a bit of oil into our celebrations, too – olive oil, that is:

Add everything except your SLIQ Spirited Ice pops to a cocktail shaker, then shake until the mixture gets frothy. Add your pops, shake again, and then strain into a cocktail glass. 

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#2 Fig Dark and Stormy

Figs and their leafy trees have represented the Jewish people for centuries. And their rich, honeyed taste makes them the perfect addition to a Hanukkah holiday cocktail:

Mix all these ingredients in a shaker and pour them into a glass. For an extra flourish, garnish with fresh figs or thyme. 

#3 Pineapple Hot Toddy

One way to beat back the chill this Hanukkah holiday season is with this delightfully tropical spin on the traditional hot toddy:

  • 4-6 SLIQ Spirited Ice Rum Pineapple Daiquiri Pops (adjust depending on the size of your batch)
  • 1 ¼ cups pineapple juice or orange juice
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 8 ounces ginger ale
  • 2 cinnamon sticks and a pinch of ground cinnamon
  • ½  teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine all your pops, liquid ingredients, and the honey, then simmer until the honey dissolves. Then, add your spices and continue to simmer the mixture for at least five more minutes. At this point, you can add a dollop of butter or splash of cream for an authentic toddy experience. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve. 

#4 Oy Vey Old Fashioned

For a traditional celebration, opt for a traditional cocktail. The boozy pop twist on this classic drink suits even the most refined Hanukkah dinner party:

For the best results, garnish this lovely beverage with a twist of orange. 

#5 Good as Gelt Gold Cocktail

We love how this fruity cocktail resembles Hanukkah gelt. It also pairs tastily with those chocolate coins, but then again, doesn’t everything? 

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, let it rip, and then strain it into a glass. If you’re really trying to make your celebration special, consider serving in a glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar. 

#6 Hanukkah Nap Cocktail

If you’ve had so much gelt that your hands are shaking trying to light the menorah, craft this nighttime cocktail to lull you to sleep:

Add everything except the pops and lemon to a small pot. You want to infuse the syrup with the spices, so bring it to a simmer for at least 10 minutes (the longer, the better). Strain your syrup, then mix with the pops and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Garnish with a twisted lemon peel and serve.

#7 Jelly Donut Beertail 

It wouldn’t be Hanukkah without jelly doughnuts! This big-batch holiday cocktail is created in honor of our favorite sweet treats:2

Combine and serve. 

#8 Fruity Hanukkah Sangria

If you want a big batch of winter vodka cocktails that you can share at your Hanukkah party, and our donut-inspired concoction feels a bit too heavy, you might stir up this refreshing take on sangria instead:

Mix it all together and enjoy it before Hanukkah is over!

Say Shalom to SLIQ Spirited Ice Pops

Now that the Festival of Lights is at an end, it’s time to put away the menorah until next year. 

SLIQ Spirited Ice Pops, however, can hang out all winter. The premium ingredients make them perfect for cozy cocktails that beat the winter chill. And it’s perfectly okay to enjoy a Hanukkah cocktail after the Jewish holiday season, especially if you need to brighten up the night now that the menorah is out. 

Happy Hanukkah from everyone at SLIQ!



  1. Rebekah Lowin. 18 Hanukkah Cocktails and Drinks to Keep you Cozy After Candle-Lighting.
  2. Esquire. Drink a Jelly Doughnut Beertail—a Recreation of Sufganiyot—for Hanukkah.