Summertime Manischewitz Cocktail

We know that we’re not alone in having a couple Manischewitz bottles lying around the house. While we may have been telling ourselves that we’ll open them next Shabbat or on Rosh Hashanah, with all the quality kosher wines out there (see our post on Kosher Wine Tasting), we doubt that Manischewitz will really be cracked. However, we found a perfect use for Manischevitz: in a summer-seasonal cocktail. It’s sweet and fruity and makes the perfect base for one of our favorite warm weather beverages: sangria.

Of Spanish and Portuguese origin, Sangria traditionally consists of wine, chopped fruit, sugar and brandy that has been chilled for long time, allowing the wine to sweeten and absorb the fruit flavor. It’s incredibly versatile and utilizes many of ingredients you likely have at home, making it a great spur of the moment option. Either red or white wine may be used, virtually any fruit, sugar or honey as a sweetener, and brandy or other alcohol that sounds good to you. We took these base ingredients and implemented a couple changes of our own. Given that Manischewitz is noticeably sweeter than other wines, we didn’t use additional sugar. We also departed from the traditional brandy route, opting instead for Whisky, a more potent drink we thought would effectively counterbalance the Manischewitz potency.

We hope you try this one for your next Shabbat gathering or in the final weeks of Summer!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 bottle Concord Grape Manischewitz
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 apples
  • 2 peachs
  • ⅛ cup whisky (or other alcohol of choice)
  • Optional: soda water

From start to finish:

  • Chop up fruit into bite size pieces.
  • Pour Manischewitz into pitcher, add chopped fruit and alcohol of your choice and stir.
  • Refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
  • Pour into wine glass over ice and add orange slices on top.
  • Optional: add soda water for a bubbly effect.
  • Enjoy!

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