Drinks To Have With Potato Latkes

Because your favorite Hanukkah snack needs a boozy sidekick

 


Hanukkah is one of my favorite Jewish holidays and not only because it has eights nights of presents. The holiday of Hanukkah is accompanied by a bevy of delicious treats, most notably the potato pancake, or latke. This crisp and savory potato cake takes center stage in most Jewish homes during Hanukkah thanks to its tie-in with the holiday’s history. Why not improve upon the potato latke by creating a delicious cocktail to accompany it?

In my house, the potato latkes are the one thing I really look forward to during Hanukkah. They are salty and crispy, with lots of butter and oil to make each bite both crunchy and luxurious at the same time. When looking for cocktails to pair with such a powerful snack, I lean towards spirits that do well with salty foods, such as Scotch or Bourbon. I would also go for a drink that has a hint of sweetness to it to contrast the savory potato cake. For some great latke recipes, check out some of our favorites over at What's Cookin'.

Potato Latke image via Shutterstock
In no way do these cocktails have to be over the top. Because the ingredients in the potato latke are so strong and flavor-forward, the accompanied cocktail should serve simply as something to wash down the salty flavor and neutralize it.

Below are some great cocktails to pair with your potato latkes this Hanukkah. If you aren’t celebrating the festival of lights this year, do not fret. Potato latkes are an equal opportunity snack! Cheers, and Happy Hanukkah!

Have any latke-friendly cocktails to share? Let us know about them in the comments section!


Rob Roy

Courtesy of Scotch Malt Whisky

½ oz Scotch (We recommend Auchentoshan Three Wood)
½ oz Italian Vermouth
Dash of Angostura Bitters

Combine the Scotch and Vermouth in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir to combine and strain into a martini glass. Top with a dash of bitters.


Suburban

Courtesy of Esquire.com

1 ½ oz Rye Whiskey (We recommend Bulleit Rye Whiskey)
½ oz Dark Rum
½ oz Port
1 dash Orange bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters

In a cocktail shaker filled with cracked ice, combine all the ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


Harvard

Courtesy of Esquire.com

1 ½ oz cognac
1 oz Italian Vermouth
1 dash Angostura bitters

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or coupe. Top with cold club soda or seltzer.


Presbyterian

Courtesy of Liquor.com

2 oz Scotch Whisky (We recommend The Macallan 12)
Ginger Ale
Club Soda

Pour the Scotch into a collins glass. Fill with ice and top the rest of the way with ginger ale and club soda. Stir to combine.


The Scotchsicle

Courtesy of YumSugar

2 oz Scotch Whisky (We recommend Glen Grant Single Malt Major’s Reserve)
1 oz Orange liqueur
¾ oz vanilla syrup
¾ oz orange juice
Ground cinnamon, for dusting

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all the ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Dust with the ground cinnamon on top.



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