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:
- 2 SLIQ Spirited Ice Vodka Lemonade Pops
- ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1 egg white
- ½ ounce olive oil
- ½ ounce simple syrup
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.
#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:
- 2 SLIQ Spirited Ice Whiskey Ginger Pops
- 1 tablespoon fig preserve
- A splash of lemon juice
- 3 ounces of ginger beer
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:
- 2 SLIQ Spirited Ice Whiskey Cola Pops
- 3 splashes of Angostura bitters
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
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?
- 2 SLIQ Spirited Ice Whiskey Apple Pops
- ¼ cup apple cider
- ½ ounce elderflower liqueur
- A squeeze of lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- Dash of cinnamon or ginger
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:
- 2 SLIQ Spirited Ice Whiskey Ginger Pops
- 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup water
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ¼ cup sliced ginger
- 3-star anise pods
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
- 6-8 SLIQ Spirited Ice Whiskey Apple Pops
- 6 ounces creme de cassis
- 4 ounces simple syrup
- 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
- 2 12-ounce bottles of your favorite brown ale
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:
- 6-8 SLIQ Spirited Ice Vodka Cranberry & Grapefruit Pops
- 1 bottle prosecco
- 1 pear liqueur
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
- Pears (sliced) and cranberries (rinsed)
- 1 ½ cups seltzer or soda water
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!
- Rebekah Lowin. 18 Hanukkah Cocktails and Drinks to Keep you Cozy After Candle-Lighting. https://rebekahlowin.com/hanukkah-cocktails/
- Esquire. Drink a Jelly Doughnut Beertail—a Recreation of Sufganiyot—for Hanukkah. https://www.esquire.com/food-drink/drinks/a30275028/best-hanukkah-cocktail-drink/