Hanukkah 75 Cocktail

Every special occasion requires a toast. Something that brings a bit of light and life to an already lively affair. Something surprising to get tongues wagging and laughter ringing. TABLE Magazine Publisher Justin Matase concocted a very special drink for our Hanukkah celebration, and you will want to try it at home for any number of holidays and special occasions!

Hanukkah 75 Cocktail Recipe


1 ounce of gin
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce of Butterfly pea simple syrup (recipe below)
4 ounces of champagne or dry sparkling wine


  1. Add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to flute and top with champagne.
  2. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Butterfly Pea Simple Syrup Recipe


1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of butterfly pea leaves


  1. Bring to a boil and let cool.
  2. Strain tea leaves. It can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Sip this drink just before a Hanukkah feast with Hélène Jawhara Piñer’s Sephardic recipes: 

Sweet Fried Eggplant


Tortitas de Acelga

Makrūt and Neulas Encanonadas

Her book, Sephardi: Cooking the History, can be purchased through your favorite bookstore or online. For our article on Hanukkah and Sephardi, click here.

Story by Maggie Weaver / Photography by Scott Goldsmith/ Styling by Keith Recker / Cocktail by Justin Matase

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