Since most of my time is spent studying religion(s), is it any surprise that I try to come up with religiously based cocktails? Forgive me for heavily leaning on the Judeo-Christian tradition, but Buddhism and Hinduism don't love booze so very much. Moreover, since I've recently moved, I've had to abandon my booze collection, so I haven't actually MADE these yet. I think the ideas are interesting, though, and shouldn't be thrown away immediately.
I: Manna from Heaven
Manna was the miraculous food source provided to the Israelites as they wandered through the desert. As you may or may not know (depending on your level of free time and interest), manna had the appearance of white coriander seeds and tasted like honey.
1.5 oz Aalbord Akvavit. Spring for the gold stuff, don't be cheap and by the white stuff, since it's pretty harsh. Akkavit is a Scandinavian spirit; it's name means "Water of Life." This brand specifically is from Denmark. It's basically a neutral spirit flavored with various herbs, in this case, dill and coriander.
.5 oz Barenjager honey liqueur
.5 oz Heavy Cream
Shake well with ice, strain and serve straight up, with an orange garnish. The orange isn't Biblical, just tasty.
II: Milk and Honey
Ok, I know this is a really common theme in cocktails. But, I want to take it in a different, more historical direction. In its Biblical context, Honey likely referred to a date syrup, which would be thick and likely sweet.
1.5 oz Rye whiskey
.5 oz date syrup, sweetened with honey or Barenjager
.5 oz heavy cream
Shake this drink pretty hard with big ice. Pour into a collins glass filled with ice, top with sparkling water
III: The Bitter Herb
A bitter herb is found on a Seder plate, which is the meal eaten at passover. The bitter herb is usually something like horseradish; its bitterness symbolizes the bitterness of slavery.
1 oz Campari
.5 oz Noilly Prat dry vermouth
.5 oz Cynar (or Akvavit?)
Stir with ice, garnish with flamed grapefruit.
Again, haven't made these. If someone is brave enough, let me know how it goes.