Making a Bracha On a Hot Drink


hot-drinkWhen one sips a hot drink such as tea or coffee, or a sharp drink, such as whiskey, where a Revi’is is usually not possible to drink in the time of Kdei Sh’tias Revi’is, according to many Poskim no Bracha Achrona is recited. (Mishna Berura Siman 210:1 and B’er Heitev Siman 204:12, Aruch HaShulchan Siman 202:7, Chayei Adam Klal 50:15, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Siman 51:66, Kaf HaChaim Siman 204:40, Shu”t Yabia Omer Vol. 5 Siman 18, as well as many other Poskim) 

Some Poskim,however, rule that since this is the normal way for these drinks to be drunk, a Bracha Achrona may be recited even if it took longer than Kdei Sh’tias Revi’is (but less than Kdei Achilas Pras) to drink. (See Be’er Heitev ibid. See also Shu”t MaHaram Shick 85 and Siman 263 that this is how the Chasam Sofer ruled, and how the Chasam Sofer himself conducted himself. See also Minchas Chinuch Mitzvah 313. Rav Shmuel Wosner shlita also rules this way when eating frozen ices on a stick, that although it isn’t eaten within the required amount of time, a Bracha Achrona is still required. See Sefer Shaarei HaBracha page 304)Since this is a huge Machlokes HaPoskim, and it is hard to establish the Halacha any one way, it is recommended to always leave over a Revi’is at the end when it has cooled, and drink it in one gulp, thus necessitating a Bracha Achrona according to all opinions. This is indeed the custom of many scrupulous people. (Mishna Berura Siman 210:1 and Aruch HaShulchan ibid. This was also the opinion of the Chazon Ish. See Shu”t Teshuvos V’Hanhagos Vol. 2 Siman 135)

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  1. How come the article quoted Horav Vosner shlit”a’s psak about ice cream, when it is possible that he considered this to e solid and hence not subject to ‘shtiyas reviaas’ but rather ‘achilas pras’?

    The yesod sounds similar, that it’s toleh on whether or not it’s the derech or not, but it might be different by drinks, since the two systems are different(shtias reviis being one time span, and achilas pras being another)

    sound like a god chiluk?