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What to Drink On Election Night: The Mazel Tov Cocktail

In a last moment of truth being stranger than fiction this presidential campaign, Donald Trump supporter, Scottie Nell Hughes of criticized Jay Z after the rapper performed in Cleveland on Friday in support of Hillary Clinton.

“One of his main videos starts out with a crowd throwing mazel tov cocktails at the police,” said Hughes, referencing the “Run This Town” video.

The catch is that the explosive Hughes references is called a molotov cocktail. “Mazel tov” is a celebratory phrase in Hebrew — something you say when a baby is born, or a happy couple gets married. It’s not the first time a Republican has confused the two terms — when Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was a county executive, he wrote “molotov” as a greeting to a Jewish constituent

While the Jewish community is enjoying a good, and well-deserved giggle (cry?) at this mispronunciation, the rest of the world is waiting with bated breath for the recipe for the perfect Election night cocktail.

The good news? The drink already exists. 

DGS, a Dupont Circle modern delicatessen, has had the Mazel Tov cocktail on their menu for several years. Partner Brian Zipin invented it when the restaurant first opened.

The better news? We've got our take on the recipe below, so you don't have to venture to DC tonight for a good election-themed cocktail.

And if the Mazel Tov cocktail isn't for you, you can always turn to Hillary's go-to; a dirty Martini.

Mazel Tov Cocktail Recipe

The Mazel Tov Cocktail (photo courtesy of the Huffington Post)


  • 1 ounce Averell Damson plum gin liqueur, or good-quality sloe gin
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 ounces chilled Champagne or white sparkling wine

*Editor's Note: The original Mazel Tov cocktail calls for a lavender simple syrup, for which we've included the recipe below, but we are A-OK with some good ol' American simple syrup.


Fill a mixing glass with ice.

Combine the 1/4 ounce of (lavender) syrup, the gin liqueur or sloe gin, and the lemon juice in a mixing glass. Stir briefly, then strain into a champagne flute. Top with the chilled champagne or white sparkling wine. Garnish with lavender or a lemon peel and serve.

Cheers! And don't forget to go vote!

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