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Holiday at the Hive

Holiday at the Hive cocktail / 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.


  • 3/4 ounce hot water

  • 1/2 ounce honey

  • 1 ounce Grey Goose L’Orange vodka

  • 1/2 ounce triple sec or Grand Marnier

  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1/2 ounce orange juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1 pinch star anise powder


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

  2. Add the vodka, triple sec or Grand Marnier, lemon juice, orange juice and star anise powder with ice, and shake vigorously until well-chilled.

  3. Strain into a cocktail glass.