KosherKocktails: Celebrate Elie Wiesel’s Life with Our "Elie’s Nightcap"
By Robin Tim Weis
On July 2, the world lost one of its Jewish heroes: Nobel-Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel, the bestselling author and Holocaust survivor who taught the world never to forget. Jews don’t traditionally hold wakes after a funeral, but that doesn’t mitigate the need for a stiff drink. Traditionally a bottle of Scotch or other distilled (and thus kosher) liquor is discreetly placed out for the mourning, among the kugel casseroles and plates of smoked salmon.
We thought something more special was needed when contemplating the legacy of Wiesel. With a nod to Weisel’s bestselling memoir of the Holocaust, Night, we’ve created “Elie’s Nightcap” – appropriately bittersweet, with a base of triple-distilled traditional kosher plum brandy called Silver Slivovitz. The brandy is based on a recipe that has made the same way for centuries, and is described as having a “smooth, slightly almond taste.”
1.5 oz Silver Slivovitz
3-4 dashes of orange bitters
Juice of one lime
0.5 oz Triple Sec
Lemon rind (for garnish)
Combine the lime juice, Silver Slivovitz, orange bitters, and Triple Sec in a cocktail mixing glass. Fill your mixing glass with ice to the top and stir continuously for 30 seconds. Using a julep strainer, pour your cocktail into an old fashioned glass lined with a king ice cube. Garnish with your lemon rind and enjoy!