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Cocktails to Punch up Your Purim

Purim is here and it's time to shake it up and get to the party! Here are our top 3 Purim Cocktails which will definitely punch up your Party: Purim Purple Rain 1 1/2 oz gin cranberry juice 1 splash Blue Curacao liqueur 1 splash sweet and sour mix 1 splash soda water Pour gin into an ice-filled highball glass, and fill with cranberry juice. Add blue curacao, sour mix and soda. Shake gently, add more curacao (until royal-purple), and serve. The Raspberry Hamantini 2 oz. raspberry Snapple 1 1/2 oz. vodka 2 tbsp raspberry jam simple syrup (recipe follows) raspberry hamantasch cookie crumbs, for garnish Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake (ice, optional). Dip the rim of your cocktail glass in raspberry jam and raspberry hamantasch cookie crumbs. Pour the drink into your cocktail glass. Haman’s Brew 1 oz bourbon 1 oz simple syrup juice of half a lemon seltzer 2 sage leaves Combine the bourbon, simple syrup, lemon juice, an read more

March 4, 2015

8 Quick Facts About Hanukkah

It's been a whole year since we dusted off the menorah for Hanukkah, so here's a quick reminder of all the basics from why we eat doughnuts and eat chocolate money to who the Macabees were and what they were fighting for... In the second century BCE the Maccabees recaptured the Holy Temple in Jerusalem from the Greeks. The first thing they did was light the golden menorah. They could only find one jar of oil which is only enough to burn for one day, but it burnt miraculously for 8 days. Today we light a menorah for 8 days to recall this miracle and to be inspired by its message. 8 Quick Facts About Hanukkah (click to download the printable PDF version) 1. The war of the Maccabees was the world's first ideological war fought by a small band of pious Talmudic scholars who engaged in some stealthy warfare (in Israel you can visit the caves they hid in) 2. Around 17 and a half million oily doughnuts (sufganiyot) are eaten every year in Israel over Hanukkah commemorating th read more

December 10, 2014

Hanukkah Hack: Doughnut Cupcakes

Making traditional Hanukkah doughnuts can be a seriously messy mission which involves a lot of hot oil and jelly getting everywhere it shouldn't. But it's Hanukkah, and you can't have Hanukkah without indulging in a few amazing homemade doughnuts - so unless you can dial up a granny, or you have some incredible skills, you need a good "Hanukkah Hack". Introducing the Hanukkah Cupcake: tastes like a doughnut, only 10 times easier. Ingredients: 1 cup milk or coconut, almond or soy milk 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 1/2 cups flour 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon allspice 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup canola oil 1 cup plus sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup raspberry, strawberry, or grape jelly, caramel or chocolate sauce 1/4 cup powdered sugar candles or candies Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake tin with paper liners. 2. In a mixing cup, combine the milk, vinegar, read more

December 10, 2014