The Hamanhattan: A Purim Cocktail

Deborah Rood Goldman
Recipe by
Deborah Rood Goldman

Purim is a happy holiday that affirms Jewish survival and continuity throughout history. We’ve imagined what each character in the Book of Esther might have imbibed on such a happy occasion. Which Purim cocktail resembles who you’d be in the Purim story?

The Hamanhattan is, like its namesake, dry and a little bit sour. Learn more about Haman (boooo!) and the other characters in the Purim story, then find your drink... or try the whole M’gillahL’chaim!

2 ½ oz. bourbon
½ oz. dry vermouth
1 maraschino cherry
Lemon twist
  1. Fill a shaker halfway with ice cubes.
  2. Add the bourbon and vermouth to the shaker
  3. Gently stir the ingredients in a circular motion for 8 to 10 seconds (note: be careful not to break the ice cubes while stirring).
  4. Strain contents of shaker into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry and lemon twist.

Find additional cocktails for your holiday celebration, one for each character in the Purim story.