Chazeret is the second bitter herb on the seder plate. It is typically represented by romaine lettuce, whose roots taste bitter. Lettuce doesn’t exactly make a half-way decent drink so after careful contemplation, we came up with this concoction to celebrate the Passover season.

The recipe is based on Cynar. This Italian liqueur is made from artichokes and has a flavor profile that certainly fits with the idea of eating bitter plants.
Chazaret Cocktail

Chazeret Cocktail
 
This drink celebrates the Passover seder, respecting Jewish tradition with bitter herbs.
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Recipe type: Alcoholic Cocktail, Holiday Cocktail
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 fluid ounce (30 ml) No. 209 Gin
  • 1/2 fluid ounce (15 ml) Carpano Antica
  • 1/2 fluid ounce (15 ml) Cynar
  • 1/4 fluid ounce (7 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • an orange peel for garnish, trimmed
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass.
  2. Fill 2/3 full of ice. Shake well.
  3. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Twist a spiral of orange peel over the cocktail and use as a garnish.
Notes
Because of the grains used to distill the spirits in the recipes, the cocktails in Epicurus.com are largely not kosher for Passover. However, a few of our drinks can be adapted easily to meet the requirements. Or, you can enjoy any of these cocktails to get into the spirit of the holiday as Passover approaches. Distillery 209 introduced a lovely kosher-for-Passover gin in 2010 that is made from certified sugar-cane-based neutral spirits with an adjusted mix of botanicals. It would work very well in the Chazeret Cocktail. We hesitated to specify it only because of its limited availability. If you can’t track down a bottle, check with the distillery directly. They are very nice people.

 

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