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L’Chaim To These Spritzy Cocktails For Hanukkah

Holiday Spritz

Image by Liza Schoenfein

Yields one cocktail

1½ ounces gin

1½ ounces pomegranate juice

¾ ounce simple syrup

4-5 drops orange or angostura bitters

3 ounces dry sparkling wine, such as prosecco or cava

Rosemary sprig and cherry for garnish

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, pomegranate juice, simple syrup and bitters. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds.

  2. Pour into a stemmed glass and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with rosemary and a cherry and serve.

Lemon Ginger Spritz

Image by Liza Schoenfein

If you prefer to ignore the measurements below (and the math involved in creating a larger batch), the proportions for this drink are 1 part gin to 1 part lemon juice to ½ part simple syrup to 3 parts ginger ale.

Yields one cocktail

1½ ounces gin

1½ ounces fresh lemon juice

¾ ounce simple syrup

3 ounces ginger ale

Fresh thyme sprig and lemon peel or candied ginger for garnish

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, lemon juice and simple syrup and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds.

  2. Pour into a stemmed glass and top with ginger ale. Garnish with thyme sprig and lemon peel or candied ginger (or all three) and serve.

Liza Schoenfein is the senior food writer of the Forward. Her blog is Life, Death & Dinner. Follow her on Twitter, @LifeDeathDinner

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