Holiday Cocktail Recipe: DGS Delicatessen’s Honeymooner Cocktail

Toast the Jewish High Holidays with this pomegranate-rum refresher.

The Honeymooner cocktail mixes apple juice, pomegranate syrup, and kosher rum. Photograph courtesy of DGS.

Jewish holidays have a wonderful culinary reputation, and rightly so. But drinking? Not so much—unless you like Manischewitz. To remedy that, we asked DGS Delicatessen beverage director Brian Zipin for a festive Rosh Hashanah sip.

This rum-based refresher uses two fruits traditionally found in Jewish New Year festivities: apples and pomegranates. Don’t worry about deseeding the latter, which can be tricky; Pom juice serves as the base for a tasty pomegranate syrup. Zipin likes rum for holiday cocktails, as many varieties are already kosher. L’Chayim

The Honeymooner 

Makes 1 cocktail 

1¾ ounces Appleton Estate V/X Rum

1½ ounces organic apple juice

1½ ounces pomegranate syrup (see recipe below)

½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice 

4 drops Fee Brothers rhubarb bitters

Optional: lemon wheel to garnish

Shake all ingredients and serve over ice in a wine glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Pomegranate syrup

Makes 2 cups

2 cups pomegranate juice, such as Pom brand

1 cup sugar

½ teaspoon pomegranate molasses, found in Middle Eastern groceries and some Whole Foods

½ teaspoon orange flower water, found in Middle Eastern groceries and specialty shops like Dean & Deluca

Heat juice slightly over medium, just enough to allow other ingredients to dissolve easily. Stir in remaining ingredients, allow to cool, bottle, and refrigerate. The syrup keeps for two weeks.

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Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.