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Name That Jerusalem Cocktail

Daniel Estrin tries the city’s best cocktails—but they could use better names

Stephanie Butnick
August 12, 2013

In today’s Vox Tablet podcast, reporter Daniel Estrin heads to three Jerusalem bars to beat the heat—and check out the cocktail offerings. He visited HaSadna in Talpiot, the American Colony in East Jerusalem, and Shuka in Mahane Yehuda to find the city’s best summer drinks and talk to the people behind a new push to create a cocktail scene.

There’s an Arak cocktail, something called Sharon Stone’s cocktail, and some other delicious sounding offerings. But the drink names could use a little work, host Sara Ivry explains. Listen to the full podcast—and check out the drink recipes—here. And let us know your ideas for creative cocktail names in the comments section of the podcast, or on Twitter using the hashtag #DrinkUpJerusalem.

Meanwhile, NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday asked whether you’re tough enough to drink kvass, a Russian fermented beet drink. They talked to our friends at the Gefilteria (who showed us how to make an excellent Passover-ready horseradish bloody mary earlier this spring), whose updated beet and ginger kvass is available at various New York City retailers (and online, starting Aug. 19).

Stephanie Butnick is chief strategy officer of Tablet Magazine, co-founder of Tablet Studios, and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.