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Havdalah on Coffee


We did not have any wine in the house so we made havdalah on Ice Coffee. Was that allowed? & is one permitted to make havdalah on whiskey?
Thank you


You can definitely make havdala on whiskey, however the amount that you have to drink according to most poskim is maleh lugmov, a cheek-full, which is most of a revi’is, and you should pour the whiskey into a cup that contains a revi’is, as you would when making Havdalah on wine. Regarding ice coffee, it is controversial, because it isn’t considered a prominent drink, however if you are very stuck there are poskim to rely on.


M:B 296-9, Aruch Hashulchan 272-14, Igros Moshe  O:CH 2-75, Shmiras Shabbos Khilchoso 60-4, Tzitz Eliezer 8-16.

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