Clients can receive hand sanitizer or choose from a selection of spirits, which include mahia and 100% organic rye whiskey
About This Deal
- Age restriction: must be 21 or older
- Other restrictions: shipping costs not included. Shipping to US states available for hand sanitizer. Shipping and delivery for spirits is available within NY only.
- Click here to see the spirit list
- Hand sanitizer:
- Ethanol-based with glycerin to moisturize the skin
- 80% alcohol
- Topical solution
- Available $30 spirits:
- 750ml bottle of Mahia: made from figs, no added sugar, floral and fruity notes, can be served straight, on ice, in drinks, or used in cooking.
- 750ml bottle of Spirit of Yonkers: made from Yonkers Brewery Pale Ale and Kolsch.
- 375ml bottle of Legs Diamond Rye Whiskey: 100% organic rye whiskey, no corn, wheat, or malted barley added, aged for 12 months in oak barrels.
- 375ml bottle of Legs Diamond Bourbon: made from local organic corn, rye, and wheat, aged for 12 months in oak barrels, named after a celebrity bootlegger Legs Diamond. This spirit win a 2019 Good Food Award.
- Available $45 spirits:
- 750ml bottle of Legs Diamond Rye Whiskey: 100% organic rye whiskey, no corn, wheat, or malted barley added, aged for 12 months in oak barrels.
- 750 ml bottle of Legs Diamond Bourbon: made from local organic corn, rye, and wheat, aged for 12 months in oak barrels, named after a celebrity bootlegger Legs Diamond. This spirit win a 2019 Good Food Award.
About Nahmias et Fils Distillery
Many people have never heard of mahia. And that's understandable. The U.S.—and most of the world, really—is practically dry of this rare Moroccan brandy. In fact, Nahmias et Fils is the country's only distiller of the stuff. So what is mahia, exactly? The short answer, as provided by Nahmias et Fils: Mahia is to Morocco as tequila is to Mexico. The longer answer?
It's Moroccan. OK, so we kind of covered this already. But more specifically, the centuries-old intoxicant was the national spirit there, filling glasses at bars throughout Casablanca and beyond. Like whisky in Gaelic or aquavit in Latin, "mahia" can be translated as "water of life".
It's made from figs. And that's about it. Traditionally, mahia can be made from figs, dates, or grapes, though Nahmias exclusively uses California figs. (Five pounds in each bottle, to be exact.) The brandy is distilled entirely from them, with a bit of aniseed thrown in for good, spicy measure.
It's nostalgic. David and Dorit Nahmias, the husband-wife namesake of the distillery, use a recipe David's family developed in 1900 in the small Moroccan village of Taznakht. That recipe is precious, as the vast majority of Jewish residents left Morocco following its French occupation. As a result, production of mahia all but disappeared. Even today, it can be difficult to find there.
It's versatile. Despite the singularity of flavor "fig brandy" implies, it's actually a pretty compliant spirit. It can be used to cook with, to mix cocktails with, or simply poured over ice with a splash of citrus.
It brings people together. As David explained to NPR's All Things Considered, Jews were the principal producers of mahia in Morocco because it's a predominantly Muslim country. But there were all types eager to sip it. "I grew up with people constantly coming to our home and asking for mahia—the Jews, Muslims, even the cops... so mahia was part of the tradition of living with people, Jews and Muslims, together."