Zachlawi - you may not yet know the name, but you will. The Zachlawi Distillery is located on the Jersey Shore and has been in operation since 2004. Its spirits are all hand crafted in small batches, and certified OU kosher. The line includes its premier product Arak (no we have not yet tried it) and several types of kosher for Pesach spirits.
The Zachlawi Distillery arose from the dream and passion to create the “Finest Arak in the World”. Our Master Distiller was mentored by a fine old man from the Middle East and entrusted with an age-old family recipe for creating Arak. Together they toiled tirelessly to create a superior Arak using only the finest, freshest and natural ingredients.
So what have we tasted?
Zachlawi Vodka Cappuccinos
Two distinct blends- one infused with Hazelnuts and Mocha: Yumm!
These are both 60 Proof Cappuccino blends of 5x distilled American Vodka and Columbian Coffee Beans. The Hazelnut Cappuccino has the added flavors of Turkish hazelnuts and results in a sweet and nutty drink. It is lovely over ice, blended as a frozen beverage, or chilled and served in a liqueur glass. We plan to try it our chocolate vodka cake. The mocha cappuccino offers a rich coffee flavor, and will be a favorite of the coffee lovers in your life. We can taste a bit of chocolate flavor…could it be?
Honey Pepper Whiskey
Did you know that in 2013 Whiskey overtook vodka as the #1 most popular spirit in the U.S.? Zachlawi has come up with its own signature pour…Honey Pepper whiskey. The new blend is completely unique in every sip— it combines the taste of aged whiskey, and is infused with the sweetness of natural honey with a finish of chili peppers. Just like the Purim story, somewhat bitter with a sweet ending.
Enjoy these spirited recipes:
Zachlawi Chocolate Float
2-3 scoops of chocolate ice cream
2 Tbsp. Zachlawi Vodka Cappuccino
3 Tbsp chocolate syrup
In a tall glass, mix chocolate syrup, seltzer, Vodka Cappuccino
Top with 2 or 3 scoops of chocolate ice cream
Finish with an optional dollop of whipped cream and chocolate syrup for garnish
We think that this would make a fun Purim Seudah dessert addition. If serving meat, just use parve ice cream and a whipped cream topping.
Chocolate Mocha Latte
2 ounces Zachlawi vodka cappuccino
4 ounces vanilla soy milk or dairy milk
3 Tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 ounces prepared and cooled strong coffee or espresso
Mix all ingredients well. Pour over ice
Optional garnish: Whipped cream; cinnamon or vanilla powder
Hot Orange Apple Toddy
Inspired by Sunny Anderson, The Food Network
Warm, comforting and wonderful in cool weather!
1/2 orange, halved
3 cups apple cider
2 cinnamon sticks
Zachlawi honey pepper whiskey, to taste
Whipped cream (optional)
Stud the orange halves with cloves. In a medium saucepan, bring the cider, cinnamon and oranges to a simmer. To serve, add a shot of whiskey to each cup or glass. Ladle in the hot cider and top with a generous dollop of whipped cream
Classic Whiskey Sour
This is the classic recipe with a Zachlawi twist!
6 ounces Zachlawi Honey Pepper Whiskey
3 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice ( 2-3 lemons)
3 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice (3-4 limes)
6 ounces prepared simple syrup (see below)
Maraschino cherries for garnish
Combine whiskey, juices and syrup. In a cocktail shaker, mix all ingredients and ice. Shake for 30-45 seconds and pour into glasses. Add a maraschino cherry and serve cold.
How to make simple syrup: Put 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan and simmer over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Chill before using. By the way, simple syrup is a must have in the fridge. It is Passover friendly and works well in iced tea, lemonade and alcoholic beverages.