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Toronto chef Anthony Rose mixes election night 'Mazel Tov Cocktail'

After a Trump surrogate made a verbal slip on CNN, Toronto chef Anthony Rose gives his recipe for a new drink called the "Mazel Tov Cocktail."
On Sunday, Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes (right) made a verbal slip on CNN when she criticized Jay-Z for using violent images of people throwing "Mazel Tov cocktails" in one of his music videos. (Scott Gries/Win McNamee/Drew Angerer/Larry Busacca/Getty Images/CNN)
A Donald Trump spokesperson might just have inspired the drink of election night 2016. On Sunday, Scottie Nell Hughes was on CNN trying to make a point about the lyrics in Jay-Z's music videos.

Presumably her goal was to call out Hillary Clinton for making an appearance with the artist and accepting his endorsement. But something didn't come out right.

In her attempt to criticize the video No Church In The Wild, Hughes argued that the opening scene "starts with a crowd throwing mazel tov cocktails at the police in this very much anti-police message."

Yes, Hughes said "mazel tov". Not "Molotov".

Hughes' slip got us thinking: what would a Mazel Tov cocktail taste like?
After wading through the inevitable flood of commentary on Twitter we called up Toronto chef and restaurateur Anthony Rose.

"This is the most important thing that will come out of this election," Rose tells As It Happens host Carol Off. "I'm so upset I didn't think of that first!"

A Mazel Tov cocktail created by Chelsea van Dusen at Toronto's Fat Pasha restaurant. (Courtesy of Anthony Rose)

Rose is the owner of the restaurant and bar Fat Pasha — self-proclaimed purveyors of "Really good Jew Food." When he learned about the gaffe, Rose says he immediately called his bartender to concoct a mix.
Chef and restaurateur Anthony Rose. (Kayla Rocca )

"We're going to take some Manischewitz, which by itself is fairly disgusting. But we make a fortified wine out of it so it's a little stronger and more interesting. We age it in an oak barrel.
Then we shake it with a little bit of Peychaud's bitters, mezcal because to me every celebration and congratulations needs some mezcal in it, a little bit of lime juice and just a tiny bit of whisky as well — and we've got the Mazel Tov cocktail," Rose explains. "It'll be on the menu tonight. I'm going to try it right now actually!"

Rose even has a pairing of nibbles for the "Mazel Tov" lined up to compliment the drink.

"In my very little Yiddish, I would say it's one of the schmaltziest elections I've ever heard and one of the greatest things we have on our menu at Fat Pasha is our chopped liver," Rose explains. "At the table we pour the schmaltz all over it and then you get the combination, which is a very classic combination, of the chopped liver and the Manischewitz together — it's perfect!"

(Fat Pasha/Twitter)

Rose already knows what he'll be sipping election night.

"Whisky. I'm going to be drinking a lot of Lot 40 whisky. Canadian rye, it's my favourite right now. And pizza, at home with my son, Simon."

For more on this story, listen to our full interview with Anthony Rose. 


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