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5 Manischewitz Cocktails for Your Passover Dinner

Apr 03, 2015

Manischewitz margarita, anyone? We gave the sweet Passover staple a shot in our bar and discovered it's good for much more than just punchlines.

Manischewitz Martini

In this elegant pink potion, dry gin and a citrus edge from lemon juice and orange bitters offsets Manischewitz's notorious sweetness.

Makes 1 drink

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 2 ounces gin, 1 ounce Manischewitz, 1/2 ounce lemon juice, and 2 dashes orange bitters. Shake vigorously, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a lemon twist.

Manischewitz Spritz

An update of a classic Italian aperitif, this bubbly, thirst-quenching tipple is easy on the alcohol and very festive.

Makes 1 drink

Pour 2 ounces Manischewitz, 1 ounce Aperol, and 3 ounces sparkling wine into a large goblet filled with ice. Top glass off with soda water and garnish with a slice of orange.

Manischewitz Manhattan

Because they share similar flavor profiles, swapping in Manischewitz for sweet vermouth is a quick and clever way to make a classic Manhattan Seder-friendly.

Makes 1 drink

Add 2 ounces rye, 1 1/2 ounces Manischewitz, and 3 dashes Angostura bitters to an old fashioned glass filled with ice. Stir and garnish with a cherry.

Manischewitz Margarita

When married with tequila, triple sec, and lime juice, Manischewitz's fruity flavors take on a tropical edge.

Makes 1 drink

Rub the rim of an old fashioned glass with a lime slice and dip in salt to coat. Fill with ice and set aside. Combine 1 1/2 ounces blanco tequila, 2 ounces Manischewitz, 1/2 ounce triple sec, and 1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice in a bar glass filled with ice. Stir well, then strain into prepared glass.

Manischewitz Sangria

Consider this: Manischewitz is sweet wine. And sangria is wine that's been sweetened. The conclusion: the two were made for one other.

Makes 6 drinks

Combine 3 cups Manischewitz, 1/2 cup triple sec, 1/3 cup brandy and 5 dashes orange bitters in a large pitcher. Add 375 milliliters (one half bottle) sparkling wine, then stir in a sliced orange and a sliced apple. Let sit for 30 minutes to allow flavors to mellow. To serve, pour into ice-filled wineglasses.

This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com.

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