This aromatic sweet-and-sour cocktail was inspired by limonana, the unofficial “national drink” of Israel. This version has a little added rum for a kick. It’s a light, cool, and refreshing cocktail— perfect for a springtime Purim celebration.
On the Jewish calendar, the holiday of Purim begins on the 14 day of the month of Adar. Consequently, the observance day changes from year to year on the Roman calendar. During the holiday we read the Megillat Esther (the Scroll of Esther) and celebrate the story of Purim. This late winter/early springtime holiday has many fun traditions associated with it. From wearing costumes to baking hamantaschen to sending out mishloach manot, it’s a festive and fun time of year.
Alcohol is a traditional part of the Purim holiday celebration, according to the Talmud. Of course, this tradition only applies to adults. I am always inspired to come up with a cocktail or two at this time of year.
Enter The Purim Pucker! Its flavor brings me right back to Israel, where we love to sip limonana on the shores of the Mediterranean.
As an alternative, children and those who are avoiding alcohol can safely enjoy a traditional limonana. Either way, this sweet pucker-inducing drink is sure to make you smile!
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Flor de Caña Rum
Mr. & Mrs. T Sweet and Sour Mix
Minute Maid Lemonade Concentrate
Hansen’s Club Soda
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- 1 1/2 oz rum
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1 oz sweet and sour mix
- 2 tbsp frozen lemonade concentrate
- 1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh mint
- 5 ice cubes
- Club soda, chilled
- Fresh mint leaves for garnish
- In a blender, blend together rum, fresh lemon juice, sweet and sour mix, lemonade concentrate, chopped fresh mint and ice cubes until ice is fully crushed.
- Pour into an iced highball glass. Top off glass with cold club soda. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and serve.