Hamantaschentini's for Purim

In case you didn't know, I am not Jewish. Not even a little bit.  In the town where I grew up, everyone was predominantly Irish Catholic, so my exposure to Jewish culture and customs was very limited.

In spending time with Seri and her family, I have learned so many things about Judaism.  I am constantly asking about which Holidays mean what, and how to pronounce certain words.  Slowly but surely, I am getting my Jewish education, and am proudly becoming what we like to call "an honorary Jew".

Purim is a Holiday that I had never heard of until I started working at LMP.  Seri explained to me in depth the history and what it is all about, and also that it is a where kids get to dress up and eat a bunch of candy, similar to Halloween!

We did a Purim-themed Project Playdate last week with our friend Mommy Shorts, for which the kids got to do crafts such as creating your own capes and crowns.  Genius!!

To help make the playdate fun for the adults as well, Seri found an idea for Hamantaschentini's, which were inspired by the cookie customarily served during Purim.  Hamantaschen cookies are triangle-shaped, and made with jam or chocolate in the center.

Look at these bad boys! So unbelievably clever.  Seri made and shot these for me, and said that they were extremely easy to do.

Here's what you'll need: -a few hamantaschen (we used raspberry from Moishe's Bake Shop) -jam (same flavor as your hamantaschen) -raspberry snapple -vodka -water -plastic bag -mallet -cocktail shaker

Here's what to do: 1) First, you'll need to make your raspberry jam simple syrup.  Add 3 tbsp of your raspberry jam and 3 tbsp of water so a small pot and bring to a boil.  Whisk to separate jam.  Simmer until slightly thickened and set aside to cool. 2) Take 2 hamantaschen and place into plastic bag.  Use mallet to break apart into crumbs. Place crumbs on a flat plate.

3) Dip the rim of each of your cocktail glasses into jam simple syrup.

4) Place simple syrup coated rims on plate of hamantaschen crumbs to line the rim with cookie crumbs.

5) Combine 3 oz vodka and 4 oz of raspberry Snapple with ice in your cocktail shaker and shake them up.  Pour mixture into cocktail glasses.

Makes 2 drinks.  You can also add some of your leftover simple syrup to each cocktail for more sweetness, but we thought they were sweet enough without it!