It’s pretty hard to be alive and not be aware in some sense of the U.S. Election. And for anyone who spends a bit of time on social media it would be difficult to be unaware of Donald Trump supporter Scottie Nell Hughes’ televised “Mazel Tov Cocktail” slip of the tongue Of course, the twitterverse exploded with fulmination and amusement and, eventually, recipes. Last night CBC Radio’s As It Happens even got involved.
Well, I can play that game, too.
After some moments of historical thought, consideration of current events south of the Medicine Line, and ruminations on flavour, I’ve come up with my own Mazel Tov Cocktail along with justifications for each ingredient.
Mazel Tov Cocktail
1 ounce Manischewitz kosher wine, obviously
1 ounce Finlandia vodka (I wanted Koskenkorva but it doesn’t seem to be available in Alberta)
1 ounce orange juice
1/2 ounce Wild Turkey Bourbon
A healthy dash of orange bitter(nes)s
Shake well in an iced cocktail shaker.
Serve in tiny glass bottles with an outrageous weave of orange zest and a small sprig of rue.
Manischewitz Concord grape wine is awful, sweet stuff on it’s own, but a necessary accompaniment for any Mazel Tov toast.
The improvised incendiary device known as the Molotov Cocktail was given its name by Finish soldiers during the Winter War against the Soviet Union. It seems only appropriate to give Finland a nod in my Mazel Tov Cocktail. Koskenkorva would be even better.
The orange juice provides a necessary citrus balance to the grapey sweetness of the Manischewitz. It also is a cheap shot at a certain presidential candidate’s epidermal pigment challenge.
The Wild Turkey Bourbon? Wild. Turkey. cf. above mentioned candidate. And his supporters.
And I don’t think either the bitters or their orangeness need explanation.
I think you see where I’m going with the garnish.
Good luck with your election, neighbours, and Mazel Tov, America!