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Here’s Your Guide To What Alcohol Is Kosher For Passover

From spiked seltzers to tequila.

A table set for the Jewish holiday Passover, also known as Pesach performed in the spring in the northern hemisphere is one of the several main holidays Jewish people celebrate with the coming of the new life when Moses took his people from Egypt to Isreal. The celebration is eight days long.
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Just because it's Passover doesn't mean you've got to give up your favorite adult beverages for the next eight days. So what alcohol is kosher for Passover? Follow this quick and easy guide, and make you seder just as memorable as any spring festival.

The most important question to ask yourself when unsure of any alcohol's pareve status is, "Is this made with wheat, barley, spelt, rye, or oat?" Doing a few seconds of internet research can pay off in the long run when you're enjoying vodka sodas per usual instead of begrudgingly begging the bartender for Manischewitz on a Wednesday.

If you're partaking in Passover’s events, it's never a bad idea to refresh your memory on the history of Passover, either. It's a celebration of the Israelites' liberation from Egypt, and as every religious holiday necessitates, there is a certain amount of reverence that should be given to Passover's origins. Once you commune with your roots, it's time to turn toward the most comforting and enjoyable part of any social gathering: the food, drink, and conversation.

With your memory freshly jogged on the reason for the season, it's time to grab a kosher beverage and enjoy the evening. Follow along to stay within religious guidelines while turning up for Passover 2021.

Wine

Your safest bet for Passover Seder is always wine. Traditionally, those present are expected to drink four cups. Because wine is made from fermented grapes and not fermented grains, it's usually a go. To exercise extra caution, check the bottles to make sure it is mevushal, or kosher for Passover.

Tequila

Regular or white tequila is the recommended option for those keeping kosher. The aging process necessitated by other types of tequila, like gold or reposado, calls into question its pareve status for some.

Vodka

All domestic vodkas are kosher, while imported selections require certification. That said, there are a few brands with unflavored selections that don't require certification: Ketel One, Absolut, Belvedere, Finlandia, Three Olives, Grey Goose, Iceberg, and Provda. As for vodkas that are kosher for Passover? If it's potato-based instead of wheat, you should be fine.

Spiked Seltzers

You’ll want to look for certification before cracking open a hard seltzer. While White Claw is not kosher certified, Vizzy Hard Seltzer is kosher.

Beer

Any beer made with wheat, barley, spelt, rye, or oat is not kosher for Passover.

Bourbon

Because many Jews abstain from consuming anything that contains fermented or leavened grain, bourbon is usually off the table during Passover.

Scotch

Scotch can either be single or double malt. Regardless of the type, if they are listed as having been aged in sherry casks, then they are not recommended.

Whiskey

Blended whiskeys need to have certification. Check with your rabbi if shots are the order of the day.

Rum

Rum generally requires certification to be considered kosher.

If you're keeping kosher and have any questions, consult your rabbi. L'chaim!

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