Hanukkah starts tonight, and if you’ve graciously offered to host a party for family and friends, it’s definitely crunch time. You might have the menorah out, the gifts wrapped, and your latke pan ready to go, but there’s one more thing you don’t want to forget: a cocktail fit for celebrating the Festival of Lights.
Fortunately, there’s no need to stress about what you’ll serve alongside the potato pancakes and chocolate gelt (coins). Chaim Dauermann, bar manager of The Up & Up in New York, created a flavorful Hanukkah cocktail, which is so good you’ll want to drink it all eight nights.
Dauermann, who admits he’s recently been “preoccupied with making cocktails that taste like baked goods,” didn’t have to look far for inspiration. His cocktail, the Bread & Oil, channels sufganiyot—a small, jelly-filled doughnut that’s become a Hanukkah staple all around the world. During the holiday, Jews traditionally eat foods, like donuts or latkes, that include or have been fried in oil to commemorate the retaking of the Temple from the Greeks when a small jug of lamp oil miraculously lasted eight days instead of just one.