Cocktails, with a touch of class


JERUSALEM – Although summer hasn’t officially arrived, it sure feels like it’s upon us. The patio furniture is dusted off, winter clothes stored away and flip-flops, sunglasses and sundresses are taken out of hiding.

The long, warm evenings are the perfect opportunity to host a sizzling barbeque or drinks on the deck. When deciding what to sip in the garden, wine-based cocktails can make a refreshing and invigorating change to spirits and beer.

Sangria, originating from Spain, is one way to bring a little Mediterranean sunshine into your American backyard this summer.


Ingredients and method

Take an abundance of fruits (cherries, peaches, apples, oranges, etc.) and finely chop them.

In a big jug or bowl, throw in the chopped fruits together with a stick of cinnamon (you can substitute with other spices if desired). Add a bottle of white or red wine (dry or semi-dry), a cup of orange juice, some liquid sugar (according to your taste) and a dash of brandy (you can also swap this for orange liquor or cognac).

The wine itself does not need to be very expensive; instead, use a young, refreshing wine such as the Mount Hermon Red.

Sangria can also be made with a sparkling wine such as Gilgal Brut or, for those who like it a little sweeter, try Golan Moscato for an added twist to the cocktail.

If you want to surprise your guests with a more unusual drink, Debbi Sion, head of training and education at the Golan Heights Winery in Israel, recommends two more fun and easy to prepare cocktails.


Merlot -Tea Punch

Ingredients and method

In a deep glass, mix together 2 ounces Golan Merlot, less than an ounce of dark rum, 1½ ounces of iced tea or peach-flavored iced tea, less than an ounce of  orange juice and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Add lots of ice and serve.

Summer Blanc

Ingredients and method

Fill a deep glass with small melon balls. Pour ¼ cup of  Yarden Sauvignon Blanc mixed with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice over the melon.

ANNA HARWOOD writes for IMP, which represents Golan Heights Winery.