The Best Holiday Cocktails & Snacks

Dec 08, 2021  |  By Evelina G

Hanukkah may be over, but the secular holiday season is just beginning. Get ready for December’s holiday parties and impress your coworkers and friends – or get yourself a drink and a treat for all those Zoom meetups – with our favorite drink recipes and snack ideas.

 

MULLED WINE

One of the best ways to warm up during the winter holiday season AND get a nice buzz is mulled wine: heated, warm wine cooked in spices, tangy citrus, and a touch of sweetness, spiked with a stronger alcohol for that extra oomph.

Check out our favorite recipe below, and feel free to mix it up with your own favorite liquor or spices!

Ingredients:

  • 2 large oranges
  • 4 ¼ cups or 1 liter of red wine
  • 1 ¼ cups brandy
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (optional: extra for garnish)
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3 cardamom pods, slightly crushed

Method:

  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel in strips from 1 orange, then juice the orange. Slice the other orange into rounds and reserve for garnish.
  2. In a saucepan, combine orange peel, orange juice, and the rest of the ingredients. Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Increase the heat and bring mixture to a boil, then immediately reduce the heat to low. 
  3. Simmer gently until the flavors meld together, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and strain the mixture, discarding the solids.
  4. Ladle into cups or mugs. Garnish each with a reserved slice of orange, and a cinnamon stick if you’d like. Enjoy!

From sweet to dry, reds and whites as well as dessert wines, we’ve got the best that Israeli vineyards have to offer – delicious by themselves or as part of winter mulled wine recipes.

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Israeli halva in a variety of flavors and topping options

HALVA

There are few things more delicious and satisfying than Israeli halva: tahini-based and not too sweet, with a dense, crumbly consistency that falls apart in your mouth and many varieties of toppings and flavor additions available.

Get some straight from Israel and add a touch of the Holy Land to your holiday celebrations!

GELT CHOCOLATE COINS

Not just for Hanukkah, gelt with its festive foil wrapping and delicious chocolate insides makes the perfect holiday treat for the entire season.

If your local grocery store is out, don’t worry, Israeli confectionary powerhouse Elite is still making its holiday milk chocolate gelt that you can order straight from Israel!

From different varieties of halva to delicate cookies and melt-in-your-mouth milk chocolate gelt, we’ve got it all.

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POMEGRANATE-CRANBERRY HOLIDAY PUNCH

This festive holiday punch combines the Jewish theme of pomegranates – one of the native foods of Israel, symbolizing love and abundance and often found on JudaicaJewish wall art, and Jewish jewelry – with the winter fruity goodness of cranberries and oranges.

Both meaningful and delicious, it can be made alcoholic or not, so it’s sure to please guests of any age!

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. pomegranate seeds
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 16 oz. pomegranate juice
  • 16 oz. cranberry juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 20 oz. 7Up (or a similar soda)

For alcoholic option:

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Method:

  1. Slice the oranges into thin slices and then cut the slices in half. 
  2. Combine orange slices, pomegranate seeds, orange juice, pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, and vanilla together in a punch bowl or pitcher. If using alcohol, add rum or vodka at this time. Mix and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. 
  3. Before serving, add soda or wine and stir gently. Do not over-mix. Serve and enjoy!

Browse our festive and colorful serving dishes and trays from Israel’s best artists.

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BAMBA & BISSLI

Israel’s most famous snacks Bamba and Bissli are great on their own – but the true Israeli way to upgrade your party table is to mix them both together in a bowl for the ultimate party mix. You can even add some popcorn or pretzels to make it even fancier.

And of course, you can order both Bamba and Bissli straight from Israel on our site!

CINNAMON-CIDER TEA

If you’re staying sober or just not into cocktails, try a tea with a seasonal flavor, like a cinnamon apple cider blend. Not just tasty and festive, teas are the ultimate winter drink: warm, comforting, and relaxing.

 

And don’t forget to get all your tea-drinking essentials from the best Israeli shops, from the delicious Middle Eastern tea itself in various flavors, to beautifully decorated mugs, colorful Jewish- and Israeli-themed coasters, and even intricately painted Armenian Ceramic teapots and serving sets.

See all our fabulous mugs featuring Jewish and Israeli themes – all designed in the Land of Israel by local Israeli artists.

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