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A fun night to remember

The vodka latke party is a fun and creative take on Hanukkah entertaining. Done "tasting" style, three great latke recipes are paired with perfect cocktails for a fun holiday night to remember.

A fun night to remember

Wow your friends this Hanukkah with the vodka latke party. Prepare three delicious latke recipes and three perfect cocktails, serve each one "tasting style," and leave extras on the table for more delicious fun for everyone.

Latkes are traditional Hanukkah fare. Hanukkah commemorates a miracle jug of oil that should have lasted only one night, but lasted eight. Today, Hanukkah is celebrated for eight nights, and "oily" foods — including latkes, fried potato pancakes — are a staple.

And vodka? It simply rhymes with latke! Pairing the two makes for a fun holiday night to remember!

A fun night to remember

Best potato latke recipe

Confession: The best latke recipe starts with a mix. A few add ins will take your latkes to a scrumptious new level!


  • 1 box latke mix
  • 1 potato, grated
  • 1/2 white onion, grated (optional)
  • 1 extra egg
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sour cream
  • Applesauce


  1. Mix the box mix according to the package directions.
  2. Add the grated vegetables and extra egg.
  3. Fry your latkes, laying each one on a plate covered with a paper towel.
  4. Serve the latkes plain or with sour cream and applesauce.

A fun night to remember

To change the latke flavor and variety, simply change the grated vegetable. We chose to pair each of our cocktails with a different latke. Cocktails are served in small glasses and extras are kept in pitchers. It's fun to see which pair becomes your crowd favorite!

Soft landing

When your guests arrive, serve potato latkes and pineapple upside-down cake cocktails. This sweet drink is a crowd pleaser and a perfect complement to traditional potato pancakes, which taste similar to hash browns.

A fun night to remember

Pineapple upside-down cake cocktail recipe


  • 1 part cake-flavored vodka
  • 1 part pineapple juice
  • 1 splash grenadine
  • Cocktail cherries (optional)


  1. Mix equal parts of cake-flavored vodka and pineapple juice.
  2. Add a splash of grenadine and several cocktail cherries for a garnish.

In the thick of things

In the middle of the party, try zucchini latkes paired with a From Russia, with Love cocktail. This drink is strong, flavorful and best described as a "sipper." It pairs beautifully with zucchini latkes, which are a surprisingly savory favorite.

A fun night to remember

From Russia, with Love cocktail recipe


  • 1 part horseradish-flavored vodka
  • 1 part gin
  • 1 splash of green olive juice
  • Green olives for garnish (optional)


  1. Mix equal parts horseradish-flavored vodka and gin.
  2. Add a splash of green olive juice and several green olives for garnish.

Good night, sleep tight

End the night on a sweet note with sweet potato pancakes paired with Sweet Dreams, a cozy drink made to share with friends.

A fun night to remember

Sweet Dreams cocktail recipe



  1. Freeze brewed coffee in ice cube trays. It takes six hours for ice cubes to freeze, so consider doing this part in advance.
  2. Mix equal parts of vanilla-flavored vodka and Baileys Irish Cream and serve over the coffee ice cubes.

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