“While it has the blessing of a rabbi, it doesn’t typically inspire the blessing of wine snobs,” the aptly named bartender Matthew Wyne says of Manischewitz, which comes from the Concord grapes native to New England, where most American Jews lived in the early 20th century. “It tastes like a slightly alcoholic version of Welch’s grape juice.”
So while it gives a mixologist nothing but tsuris, the Jewish cultural nonprofit Reboot will be pouring Wyne’s Manischewitz Negronis (and Slivovitz Sours) at its “1st Annual Reboot Shop Hanukkah Pop-Up,” starting today and running through Sunday, Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily, at Marina “creative syndicate” Partners in Crime.
Designed for anyone interested in Jewish cultural life, the pop-up includes a Dreidel Gaming Night with Mazel Tov cocktails tonight, Dec. 15) and a lunchtime concert with Luther Dickinson, Ethan Miller, and Jeremiah Lockwood (Friday, Dec. 16, 1 p.m.). Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Daniel Handler — aka Lemony Snicket — and Lisa Brown will read from and sign copies of the children’s, The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screening. And on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be Lego menorah making, with a screening of Tiffany Shlain‘s film about the history of women and power, 50/50, at 6 p.m.
But don’t forget those Manischewitz Negronis, made with 2 ounces of London dry gin, 1 ounce of Manischewitz, half an ounce each of Dolin dry and the Swiss bitters known as Suze, plus a dash of Regan’s orange bitters. Enjoy!
1st Annual Reboot Shop Hanukkah Pop-Up, through Sunday, Dec. 18, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., at Partners in Crime, 1749 Union St., rebooters.net/reboot-events/2016/12/15/1st-annual-reboot-shop-hanukkah-pop-up.