Mahia: The Little-Known Moroccan Spirit You’re Going to Love

first_img Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider Morocco is one of the hottest destinations these days, both literally (it’s hot!) and in its cultural allure. Your mind might wander directly towards North African spices, but the country has something much sweeter to offer. Mahia, a local drink popular among the Jewish population, wants to carve out a spot in the international spirit arena.This eau de vie is a clear brandy made from figs or dates with the addition of aniseed. As the Moroccan Jewish community gradually moved away to countries like Israel, Canada, and The United States, Mahia’s availability and production became an unintentional secret. David and Dorit Nahmias of Nahmias et Fils are trying to spread the word.“Prior to us releasing our Mahia, most never heard of it unless they grew up in Morocco or heard of it from their parents or grandparents (Jewish or Muslim),” said David, Master Distiller. “Even people who traveled to Morocco most likely were not introduced to Mahia, as it is not readily available in places frequented by tourists.”Founded in 2012 in Yonkers, New York, Nahmias et Fils distills and distributes Mahia and whiskey. With the more familiar whiskey balancing out the novelty of Mahia, the company has managed to thrive as the audience for Mahia grows. “As we are the sole producers of Mahia in U.S., it is a long road to introducing a new spirit category,” said David.With a distillery just north of New York City, Nahmias et Fils’ Mahia has garnered interest from urbanite mixologists and earned shelf space in some large liquor stores in the Northeast. Depending on your state’s regulations, you can have a bottle of Mahia shipped to you. Once it arrives, you can enjoy the drink’s floral notes with fruity accents. The fig flavor comes through without overpowering the other elements and, since no sugar is added, the mahia never feels too sweet.“My family distilled Mahia in Morocco for generations,” said David, referring to the 117-year-old recipe he uses. “Basically, I wanted to revitalize the tradition of making Mahia and introduce it to the world.”Typically enjoyed as a digestif or on festive occasions, Mahia has no problem being the star of the show. As it enters a new era of consumption, however, Mahia’s uses are expanding within the culinary and mixology worlds. Here’s a fall-friendly cocktail to get you started (and here are some others that range further afield). Black, White, and Fig Jazz(Created by David Nahmias & Kimberly Nagel, Nahmias et Fils, Yonkers, NY)2 oz Nahmias et Fils Mahia4 oz apple cidera squeeze of lemon juice1 tbsp sugar ½ tbsp black pepperapple slice to garnishMethod: Stir ingredients in cocktail shaker. Rim glass with black pepper and sugar. Serve over ice. Garnish with an apple slice. To serve warm: Bring apple cider to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the Mahia and lemon juice. Serve in a toddy glass or mug. Editors’ Recommendations 8 Best Rums for Piña Coladas The Best American Liqueur 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider last_img read more

Croke Park II will cut nurses wages by 111pc not 17pc INMO

first_imgTHE INMO HAVE said that nurses are to suffer a drop in pay of 11.1 per cent under the Croke Park agreement, and not the 1.7 per cent that government have said.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, the industrial relations officer with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), Phil O’Shea, said that the figure, which had been mentioned by the assistant secretary at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Paul Reid, was “incorrect”.Based on a study by consulting actuaries Joseph Byrne and Sons, O’Shea said that the cut to staff psychiatric nurses, based on an average salary of €38,000, would be 11.1 per cent.She said that Croke Park II proposals, which would see an end of the twilight payment along with a reduced Sunday premium, would lead to a reduction of 6.3 per cent, and that the extra working hours which were also being proposed would increase it to 11.1 per cent.The study also found that garda pay would drop by five per cent, while the pay of a garda sergeant would drop by 3.5 per cent.Firefighers would see a drop of three per cent, while a higher executive officer in the civil service would see a drop of seven per cent.The INMO have called for the rejection of the Croke Park agreement.O’Shea said: The government may legislate, but this is not a financial emergency measure bill, we don’t  believe, as the last two pay cuts have been. When government cut pay three times in one term, that’s just unfair.Read: SIPTU encourages members to accept Croke Park agreement > The point we’re making is that Croke Park One is still in existence, and doesn’t expire until the middle of next year. If the proposals fail, as we hope they will, we still have Croke Park One.last_img read more