Do you find Pesach stressful at all? I don’t think I’m the only one… First there’s the extreme cleaning, then comes the cooking marathon, then there’s the constant nagging worry about what we’re going to eat for our next meal since all the usual standby options are off the menu… Aargh!
By the time evening rolls around I’m ready to flop on the sofa with a glass of something relaxing, if you get my meaning.
Till now, wine was your basic Pesach-friendly option, but this year…. KOSHER FOR PESACH GIN!
This. Changes. EVERYTHING.
The amazing people at Distillery 209 in San Francisco have made a KforP gin, and it’s really not half bad. I tasted it earlier in the year at KFWE London and I knew I had to get my hands on a bottle in time for Pesach.
To make Pesach spirits (they also make a KforP vodka) the distillery is thoroughly steam-cleaned to remove all traces of chametz. The base spirit is produced from sugarcane, and it is distilled five times using natural botanicals including bergamot, lemon, cassia bark, juniper, coriander and Californian bay leaves. The whole process is supervised by the OU, and one of their rabbis personally inspects every coriander seed prior to gin making. That’s dedication!
The end result is a smooth and citrussy, fresh-tasting and delicious gin with warm and spicy undertones. The perfect antidote to a stressful Pesach day.
Of course, finding KforP tonic is not so easy, so rather than just drink it neat (at 46% ABV), I’ve crafted a delicious cocktail that emphasises the lemon and spice flavours and makes a refreshing, very drinkable, treat. I’m looking forward to putting my feet up with a large one of these and a plate of my sweet matza nachos and settling in for the evening. Aaaaand relax!
Oh yes, I wondered what to call my creation, and eventually decided on “Jewish Mothers Ruin” as a nod to gin’s old nickname, and my status as a proper yiddishe mama. L’chaim!
Distillery 209 Kosher for Pesach gin retails for around £40 and is available from selected kosher shops, but I have one bottle to give away to a lucky reader! Simply enter using the rafflecopter below. Good luck!
Jewish Mothers Ruin - gin cocktail
for the cinnamon-lemon syrup
- 100 g caster sugar
- 200 ml water
- 2 strips lemon peel
- 3 cm cinnamon stick
for the cocktail
- 30 ml cinnamon-lemon syrup
- 30 ml gin
- 150 ml sparkling water
- lemon slices
To make the syrup
- Put all the syrup ingredients into a small pan and stir well. Bring to a simmer and ensure that the sugar is all dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Remove the lemon peel and cinnamon stick and store, covered, in the fridge.
To make the Jewish Mothers Ruin
- Mix the cinnamon-lemon syrup and gin together. Top up with sparkling water and add the lemon slices. Serve and enjoy!
And if you're really in need of relaxation, substitute sparkling white wine for the sparkling water. You're welcome...
If you’re after more Pesach cocktail options, check out the selection from Distillery 209.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a bottle of Distillery 209 kosher for Passover gin. I was not obliged to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.