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The Hanukkah Candle

A holiday-inspired take on the margarita, this sweet-and-spicy cocktail swaps the usual triple sec for another orange liqueur, blue Curaçao, and heats things up with jalapeno-infused simple syrup. Served in a tall, narrow glass such as a champagne flute, the resemblance to a Hanukkah candle is unmistakable.

Makes one cocktail

1½ ounces silver tequila
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce blue Curaçao
½ part Jalapeno-infused simple syrup
Jalapeño pepper sliced into rounds or, if very small, sliced from the bottom toward the stem end, leaving stem end in tact
Round slice of lime

Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds and pour into a tall glass. Garnish with jalapeño and lime.

Liza Schoenfein is a former food editor of the Forward and the author of the blog Life, Death & Dinner. Follow her on Instagram @lifedeathdinner


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