By Ziva Swire, Sr. Program Specialist

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High Holidays are the time to be extravagant, go all out, and make the experience feel special for you and your guests. So, what better way to add a little oomph to your holiday table this year than with a fancy drink? All these drinks can be made with or without alcohol and I highly suggest you offer both for all guests to feel included. Everyone deserves a treat this year!

Rosh Hashanah: Harvest Apple Spritz

Combining the classic symbols of both apples and honey for a sweet new year, this spritz is simple yet elegant. It’s made in a pitcher and stored for a few hours or even up to overnight so make it before services and you’re ready to sip away when you return! Skip the vodka and replace the orange liqueur with orange juice to make it into a mocktail.

Yom Kippur: Tequila Sunrise Mimosa

In the US, it is common to serve breakfast foods like bagels, lox, kugel, and quiches to break the Yom Kippur fast. If you want to try that out this year, boost your break-fast with this mimosa that is taken up a notch! The splash of grenadine gives it that beautiful red color that will wow your guests. Sparkling apple juice would be yummy here instead of the champagne and leave out the tequila to make this non-alcoholic.

Sukkot: Pomegranate Mojito

Sukkot is the fall harvest holiday and celebrates the season of changing leaves and chillier temperatures. This pomegranate mojito is the perfect drink to welcome autumn. In the spirit of harvesting your own crops, check out how to grow your mint indoors for the garnish! To make it non-alcoholic, replace the rum with white grape juice.

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah: 5-Minute Mulled Wine

On Simchat Torah, we are called to carry the Torah scrolls through the synagogue seven times in a joyful parade. Singing, dancing, and of course eating and drinking follow to keep the fun going. Level up your traditional wine for Kiddush with this 5-Minute Mulled Wine. Even the cinnamon stick garnishes look like little Torah scrolls! Use grape juice instead of wine and leave out the bourbon for the non-alcoholic version.

However you decide to celebrate this year, we hope that you feel inspired to make something that leaves you with that warm and fuzzy feeling that only a room full of friends and laughter can bring. Shana Tova from the MHWOW team!