Aspen Times Weekly Libation: Kosher-for-Passover

by Jeanne McGovern


Kiddush Sour

1 1/2 oz. No. 209 Kosher-for-Passover Gin or Vodka

1 oz. Lemon Juice

3/4 oz. Amaretto

1/2 oz. Egg White

1/4 oz. Simple Syrup

Combine ingredients and dry shake. Shake with ice and strain into martini glass. Garnish with toasted coconut.


1 1/2 oz. No. 209 Kosher-for-Passover Gin or Vodka

3/4 oz. Coconut Cream

1/2 oz. Simple Syrup

1/2 oz. Orange Juice

1/4 oz. Lemon Juice

5-6 Fresh Raspberries

2 Whole Strawberries

Muddle strawberries and add other ingredients. Shake and strain over ice. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

— recipes by Suzanne Miller

As a cocktail writer, I get plenty of pitches. But when this one landed in my inbox, I knew it was worthy of some ink — if only because Gunilla would have loved it (though the recipes are awfully inciting in and of themselves). Here’s the gist: There are many spirits that are kosher, but very few that are Kosher-for-Passover. Apparently, after creating No. 209 Gin in 2005, founder Leslie Rudd wanted to craft a modern spirit that observant Jews could enjoy during Passover. Thus No. 209 Kosher-for-Passover Gin was born, followed shortly after by No. 209 Kosher-for-Passover Vodka. Both spirits are made under the supervision of the Orthodox Union to make sure the recipe and practices adhere strictly to kosher dietary law. I am far from Jewish, but always up for celebrating important holidays. I guess Passover is now on my list.