Rosh Hashanah: (Hebrew: רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה, literally "head [of] the year") is the Jewish New Year. The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah (Hebrew: יוֹם תְּרוּעָה), literally "day [of] shouting/blasting", sometimes translated as the Feast of Trumpets.
Rosh Hashana is believed to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve.
The feast traditions of Rosh Hashanah include the eating of Challah bread dipped in honey, apples dipped in honey, and pomegranates. The Challah and apples with honey are eaten to symbolize the hope for sweetness in the year ahead. Pomegranates symbolize the hope for good deeds and plenty because of their numerous seeds.
To create this experience in a cocktail I have created a duo cocktail that consists simply of Calvados*, a superb French apple brandy mixed with honey. I used Honey Ridge Lavender Honey Creme to add a light floral note, then garnished with pomegranate seeds and a cube of Challah bread to dip in the drink.
Before eating the fruit this prayer is spoken:
"Ba-ruch a-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ha-olam bo-re pri ha-etz.
Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the tree."
2 Oz. XO Père Magloire Calvados*
1 Tablespoon Lavender Honey
1 Tablespoon Hot Water
Garnish: Pomegranate Arils, Cube of Challah Bread
Glass: Brandy Snifter
Warm the lavender honey with an equal amount of HOT tap water to create a quick simple syrup in the bottom of the brandy snifter.
Swirl this around to warm the bowl.
Add the Calvados (at room temperature, 65°F / 18°C), garnish and serve.
While drinking cup the snifter with the palm of your hand to keep the drink warmed.
* Per the Consistoire de Paris, certain brands of Calvados are Kosher, these include Boulard and Père Magloire.
L' shanah Tovah, wishing you good health, happiness, peace and prosperity in the new year.