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HE’BREW: Great Kosher Beer for Your Jewish Wedding

wedding bar kosher beerOne big plus of moving Huppahs.com to New York has been finding out about HE’BREW beer, a line of great-tasting kosher craft beers. If you want to offer your wedding guests something different at the bar and give the beer lovers in the crowd something they’ll appreciate, serve up some Origin Pomegranate Ale, Hop Manna, Messiah Brown Nut Ale, or one of the line’s other amusingly-named but seriously good brews.

I don’t have the beer vocabulary to even bluff at describing the tastes, but one reviewer who presumably does have that vocabulary was reduced to the word “WOW.” In the 2011/2012 World Beer Championships, where HE’BREW’s maker, Shmaltz Brewing, entered fourteen beers, nine of their beers won gold medals and five won silver. It’s good beer.

HE’BREW beers are brewed in upstate New York, but you can find them in more than thirty states (as well as extremely selected locations in Canada, Australia, and Japan). A newer line of Coney Island Craft Lagers is available through a more limited number of outlets. Shmaltz Brewing’s website provides helpful lists of wholesalers, shops and bars that carry its products.

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Generally, an unflavored beer made with only water, barley, yeast, and hops, without any additives, will be kosher even without certification (for this information, I go to Orthodox-Jews.com). But when you want to get at all adventurous with taste and still keep kosher, you have to look for certification. HE’BREW beers are certified by the Orthodox-grade Kosher Supervision of America.

I raise my glass to the folks at Shmaltz Brewing Company for advancing the art of beer for the rest of us to enjoy and impress our guests.

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Persian Pomegranate Sangria (Kosher Drink Recipe)

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Persian Pomegranate Sangria (Kosher Drink Recipe)

pomegranate sangria recipe kosherIf your guests aren’t in the mood to celebrate before they have a sip of this fruity pomegranate sangria, they will be after. As presented, the recipe makes up to 15 servings, but you can easily prepare a few batches to satisfy the guests at an intimate backyard or apartment balcony wedding.

Huppahs.com thanks Marlene, the founder and creative force behind The Jewish Hostess (thejewishhostess.com) for allowing us to share this recipe with you here. The recipe was originally submitted to The Jewish Hostess by Joy Betesh, so a big thanks to Joy, too!

Have you ever seeded a pomegranate? If you have, you know it can be a tricky, messy business. The Jewish Hostess provides tips and a video at How to Seed a Pomegranate for Rosh Hashanah: Two Techniques.

Ingredients for Persian Pomegranate Sangria

Yield: 13 to 15 eight-ounce cups of sangria

pomegranateFor Syrup:

  • 8 cups cold water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 large cinnamon sticks
  • 4 star anise
  • 1 vanilla pod, split in half

For Sangria:

  • 1 1/2 to 2 bottles red wine, chilled in refrigerator
  • 8 cups pomegranate juice, chilled in refrigerator
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 whole pomegranate, seeded (How to Seed a Pomegranate for Rosh Hashanah: Two Techniques)
  • 1 orange, sliced into thin rounds, then cut in half into semi-circles
  • 1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds, then cut in half into semi-circles

For serving:

  • Ice
  • Fresh mint leaves

Instructions for Persian Pomegranate Sangria

  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine water, sugar, cloves, cinnamon stick, star anise and split vanilla pod.
  2. Bring to a rapid boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a low heat and simmer, uncovered, about 15 minutes to dissolve sugar and create a thin syrup.
  3. Turn off heat and let sit 20 minutes to cool to room temperature and to allow the ingredients to marinate.
  4. Strain over fine mesh strainer into a large punch bowl or pitcher.
  5. Pour in chilled wine, pomegranate juice, and lime juice. Mix well.
  6. Add pomegranate seeds, orange, and lemon slices and mix again.
  7. Serve in glasses with a sprig of fresh mint and 1 or 2 cubes of ice in each.

Make-Ahead Options

You can prepare the sangria through step 4 the day before serving, even letting the mix marinate more than 20 minutes before straining it. Keep the strained punch in the refrigerator overnight. Add the remaining ingredients as the time for serving approaches.

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Summer Bliss Wedding Punch Recipe

watermelon wedding punchYou’re going to love this cool, tasty wedding punch. We developed it to celebrate the recent launch of our Facebook page, and we’re pleased to share it with you here. The punch features refreshing watermelon and Watershed Gin from Catoctin Creek, a new award-winning artisanal distillery in Virginia whose liquors are both organic and kosher.

Want to know how to get our lush garland look for your own wedding table? Check out How to Decorate a Table with Garland.

Ingredients for Summer Bliss Wedding Punch

Makes 56 four oz servings

Instructions

Cut the watermelon in half and scoop out the fruit into very large bowl. Use an immersion blender to liquidate the fruit. Strain through a cheese cloth. You will end up with about 42 oz of watermelon juice. Combine all the ingredients. Add the seltzer and ice to the punch bowl just before serving.

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Enjoy Our New Summer Bliss Wedding Punch Recipe

watermelon wedding punchWe put on our celebration hats to come up with this cool new wedding punch recipe to celebrate the launch of our new Huppahs.com’s Facebook page. We call our divine creation Summer Bliss.

Your guests will love this original summer punch: a cool combination of watermelon, Catoctin Creek Distillery’s Organic (and kosher!) Watershed Gin, and other tasty ingredients. It makes a refreshing and delicious addition to a wedding or party beverage menu.

Get the recipe on Huppahs.com’s Facebook page.

Along with the recipe, you’ll also find out on our Facebook page how to enter a drawing for a free Catoctin Creek Distillery T-shirt.

Wedding DIY table garlandWe even show you how to style your table like we did using garland from FiftyFlowers.com.

Check it all out – Summer Bliss awaits…

Photo: Jason Weil
Garland: Wholesale flowers from FiftyFlowers.com

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Dessert Hors d’Oeuvre Recipe: Chocolate Truffles (Parve, Vegetarian)

DIY chocolate truffle wedding dessert

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This is the ninth and final hors d’oeuvre recipe in our kosher-fied royal wedding canape reception menu. The total menu serves a 40-person reception.

We had to end this menu with the same treats as The Queen’s canape reception menu: chocolate truffles. The royal wedding reception’s truffles were made with chocolate ganache, however, which includes dairy products. For our kosher meat and parve menu, I’ve substituted parve chocolate truffles with bourbon. I’ve served them a number of times, and they are always a big hit.

This recipe comes from New Kosher Cuisine for All Seasons. The contributor, Sara Abramovitz, calls them bourbon balls and writes that her great grandmother brought this treat to America from Bohemia, where they were an important part of every special occasion.

The truffles look great on a buffet, generously piled on a raised platter. They can be made several months ahead and frozen, which makes them a great friend to any self-catered celebration. For a 40-person reception, I recommend making two batches.

Ingredients for Chocolate Truffles

Yields 38-40 truffles

  • 1 3/4 cups parve vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1 cup peacan pieces (or substitute walnuts or almonds)
  • 4 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup bourbon whiskey or rum
  • 3 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • Ground nuts, powdered sugar, cocoa, coconut, or instant coffee powder

Instructions for Chocolate Truffles

  1. Pulverize wafer crumbs very finely in a food processor. Place them in a large bowl.
  2. Pulverize the pecan pieces in the food processor to very fine crumbs and add to wafers in the bowl.
  3. Add all the other ingredients to the bowl and work together first with a fork and then with your hands.
  4. Form into balls about 1-inch in diameter. Roll in ground nuts, powdered sugar, cocoa, coconut, or coffee powder.
  5. Balls can be served cold or at room temperature.

Make Ahead Option

The balls can be frozen for up to three months before they are rolled in the nuts or other finishing ingredients.

See the full Kosher-fied Royal Wedding Hors d’Oeurve Reception Menu

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On Project Wedding: How to Make Your Own Wedding Cake

DIY make a homemade wedding cake

Source: ProjectWedding.com; Make a Homemade Wedding Cake!

A must share for backyard wedding mavens: Project Wedding has just posted instructions for assembling a wedding cake, decorated with herbs and greenery. Sweet.
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If you need to bake a non-dairy, (parve) wedding cake or whip up some non-dairy frosting, see these recipes at Backyard Huppah:

Go to cake instructions at Project Wedding…

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