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Holiday at the Hive

Holiday at the Hive cocktail
Image: / Tim Nusog

While Hanukkah celebrations include many traditions, such as lighting the menorah, playing dreidel and making latkes, it doesn’t have a traditional cocktail. Though the Maccabees were fond of wine, the holiday deserves its own festive and spirited drinks—and not just Manischewitz. 

New York City bartender Nick Mautone looked to the Land of Milk and Honey for inspiration—at least the honey part. He has created recipes for top restaurants and bars around town and is responsible for the popular Honey Deuce cocktail, enjoyed by tens of thousands of tennis fans at the U.S. Open every year. 

During any of the celebration’s eight nights, fix his Holiday at the Hive, which features a range of citrus ingredients and is sweetened by honey syrup, with an unexpected pinch of star anise powder. 

Even if you don’t win the dreidel game and big pot of gelt (or you don’t celebrate the holiday at all), you’ll still feel like a winner after a few sips of Mautone’s drink.


  • 1/2 ounce honey

  • 3/4 ounce hot water

  • 1 ounce Grey Goose L’Orange vodka

  • 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier or triple sec

  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1/2 ounce orange juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1 pinch star anise powder


  1. Add the honey and hot water into a shaker and stir until the honey is dissolved.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients and fill the shaker with ice, and shake vigorously until well-chilled.

  3. Strain into a cocktail glass.