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8 Best Cocktails for Hanukkah

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Let’s face it: Any holiday that goes on for over a week is seriously indulgent, especially when that holiday features golden-foil wrapped chocolate, raspberry doughnuts and greasy, fried potatoes. Hanukkah is an exercise in wintertime celebratory stamina, best endured with a festive drink. Whether you’re hosting a blue and white holiday bash, or attending your first Hanukkah hootenanny, here are the best cocktails to get you through all eight boozy nights.

Every few years, Hanukkah and Christmas intersect on the calendar. Enjoy their union with a cocktail that draws on both traditions. An amalgam more powerful than Voltron, this cocktail mixes the best of wintertime celebratory spirits (as well as classic holiday candies like gelt and candy canes) to create a drink everyone will enjoy.

The Essentials

vodka
egg
chocolate liqueur
Any blue cocktail would fit into the Jewish holiday’s color scheme, but the AMF seems to be a particularly appropriate way to celebrate the Maccabees throwing off the Seleucid Empire. We can only expect they shouted something along the lines of “Adios Mother F***er” in victory. You can do the same when you leave your next holiday party (just don’t expect to be invited back next year).

The Essentials

all clear spirits
blue curaçao
lemon-lime soda
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OK, hear us out on this one. We know Eggnog is traditionally considered a Christmas drink, but there’s no reason you can’t make the eggy winter beverage an inclusive drinking experience. Pairing this milky white drink with the AMF above makes for a blue and white color-coordinated bar and an boozy interfaith celebration. Invite your favorite gentiles to your holiday shindig, throw on Charlie Brown, and have yourself a merry little Hanukkah.

The Essentials

bourbon
dark rum
eggs
cream
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When the Hanukkah candles flicker down low and grow dim, the bright sparkles of Champagne [https://www.supercall.com/how-to/how-to-open-champagne-without-hurting-anyone-or-yourself] will keep the party going long into the night. This hybrid, which sits somewhere between a Sherry Cobbler and Champagne Cocktail, is distinguished by its dash of liqueur (your choice of Cointreau or Maraschino) and use of several citrus juices, letting it shine on your palate just a smidge brighter than all other Champagne cocktails. Consider this the shamash of the bubbly world.

The Essentials

Lemon Wheel
Orange Wheel
Champagne
When the Hanukkah candles flicker down low and grow dim, the bright sparkles of Champagne will keep the party going long into the night. Sugar, bitters and a twist of lemon are all that you need—in addition to the bubbly, of course—to light up the winter night.

The Essentials

Sugar Cube
Bitters
Champagne
Raspberry jelly-filled doughnuts known as sufganiyot are one of the best parts of Hanukkah. Pair yours with a Clover Club, which is sweetened with raspberry liqueur and made buoyant with frothy egg white, just like the sponge-like texture of the holiday dessert.

The Essentials

Gin
Raspberry Liqueur
Egg Whites
Nothing goes better with latkes than applesauce, but if you’d like to pair your potato pancakes with something potable, opt for an applejack-based drink like the Jack Rose. Brightened with citrus (just like good applesauce) and bolstered by grenadine, the fruity drink will only make you love latkes more.

The Essentials

Applejack
Grenadine
Lime Juice
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Dreidel taught us a little about gambling and a lot about the wonders of chocolate. One of those lessons actually stuck—which is why we still lose the game to our little cousins. Let the kids have their foil-wrapped winnings and satisfy your post-latke feast cravings with some grown-up chocolate. This take on the classic Chocolate Martini is drier and more complex than those chocolate coins anyway.

The Essentials

Dark Rum
White Rum
Chocolate Liqueur
Since Hanukkah runs for over a week, you're bound to have a Friday night Shabbat in there somewhere, hopefully celebrated with eggy, carby challah. But if you want to get a helping of eggs the other seven nights, just (dry) shake up a Ramos Gin Fizz. Like the oil that lasted eight nights, this cocktail takes a seemingly endless amount of time (thanks to a lot of hard shaking), but the foamy cocktail is worth the effort.

The Essentials

London Dry Gin
Cream
Egg white

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