The Jewish holiday of Purim calls for kosher cocktails. On Purim we celebrate the Book of Esther, and drinking is actually encouraged. What better way to celebrate this Talmudic tradition than with a tasty kosher cocktail?
Why Do Jewish People Drink on Purim?
Not every Jewish person drinks on the Purim holiday. Those who do indulge in kosher spirits based on a Talmudic interpretation of the Torah.The scroll of Esther concludes with an instruction from Mordechai to celebrate Purim as a time of “yemei mishteh v’simchah,” or “days of drinking and rejoicing” (Esther 9:22). The Talmud interprets this as a command to drink until you cannot tell the difference between the Hebrew phrases “arur Haman” (curse Haman) and “barukh Mordechai” (bless Mordechai).
Different rabbinic authorities interpret this Talmudic command to drink on Purim in various ways, so please don’t take my word for it– seek advice from a trusted halakhic authority before indulging. Furthermore, if you are avoiding alcohol for any reason, don’t let Purim steer you from that path. There are many good reasons to avoid indulging in cocktails (even kosher ones!). If you don’t drink, try one of these mocktail recipes (or recipe variations) instead.
In my family, we look at the Purim holiday as a chance to kick up our heels and have fun. We honor Esther’s inspiring story by toasting with a tasty cocktail. To help you celebrate, I’ve put together a tasty list of kosher cocktails for your Purim party below.
How Do You Make a Kosher Cocktail?
The liquors, mixers, and ingredients you use must be kosher certified. To find kosher certified brands, you can search the OU kosher database, or check your bottle for a kosher hechsher symbol.
I’ve provided links to some of my favorite kosher cocktail recipes below. These cocktails can obviously be made using any brands you like. For those wishing to imbibe kosher-style, I’ve provided a list of kosher-certified brands at the end of each recipe as a helpful guide. All of the brands listed are kosher certified when they bear a hechsher symbol. These aren’t the only kosher brands, obviously—they just happen to be kosher brands I’ve used. When in doubt, always look for the hechsher to ensure that your products are kosher.
I’ve also included some mocktails and a non-alcoholic punch in the list below for kids and others who choose not to drink.
Finally, I’ve provided instructions for how to make a citrus lemon or lime twist, which can be used to garnish your drinks and cocktails.
How Do You Measure Liquor for Cocktails?
The measuring device above is called a “jigger;” it measures fluid ounces or “shots.” If you don’t have a cocktail jigger to help you measure, here’s a rough conversion guide:
¼ oz = ½ tbsp
½ oz = 1 tbsp
1 oz = 2 tbsp
Please drink responsibly. Have a fabulous Purim! Chag sameach, bete’avon!
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