4 Cocktails to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

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Drinks to celebrate the Jewish New Year. [Photo: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

The Jewish New Year begins Wednesday at sundown. Want to wash down your apple cake with something festive? These four drinks (made with apple spirits, cider, and sometimes a touch of honey) are a delicious way to start the new year.

Sweet New Year Cocktail

apple cocktail for rosh hashanah

[Photo: Rachel Tepper]

You can dip your apples in honey, sure, but why not make the classic combo drinkable? This simple cocktail is made with applejack and sweet honey liqueur, freshened up with mint leaves. (It's a great time to use up what you have in the garden!)

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Apple Crisp


[Photographs: Wes Rowe]

This tall drink is a perfect bridge into fall, spiked with sturdy Laird's bonded apple brandy and bourbon that's been infused with spicy green cardamom pods. Honey and lemon add the sweet-sour balance to bring this drink together.

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Cider Sangria

cider sangria

[Photo: Chris Lehault]

Think of this as a template, not a strict recipe: start with a bottle of semidry cider from your favorite local cider maker, some ice cider and Grand Marnier for boozy sweetness, and whatever fruit looks good at the market. The mixture sits with a knob of fresh ginger for a little added spice.

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DIY Honey Liqueur

make your own honey liqueur

[Photo: Marcia Simmons]

It's simple—and quick—to make your own honey liqueur, and it can be fun to doctor up your local honey with spices and citrus zest. It only needs to rest for 12 hours, so you could make some tonight to give as a sweet New Year's present. Mix it with cider, rye, and a little fresh lemon.

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