Lebanon is known for its amazing food, beautiful scenery, and of course, the amazing rum and wines that make perfect ingredients for exquisite cocktails. Whether you’re looking to impress your friends or just enjoy something different by making Lebanese-inspired cocktails at home, you don’t have to look far. In this guide, we’ll provide some tips and recipes on how to make delicious Lebanese rum and wine drinks (as well as some similarly tasty cocktails to try).
This classic twist on a margarita uses Lebanese white wine instead of tequila for an extra kick. Start by adding 2 ounces of dry white wine (we recommend a Lebanese Chardonnay) into a large tumbler glass with ice cubes. Add 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice, 1 teaspoon of triple sec or other citrus-flavoured liqueur, and a pinch of salt to the glass. Stir vigorously until all the ingredients are combined. Garnish with a slice of lime on the rim and serve cold.
Arak Sour Punch
This cocktail is perfect for those who like their drinks sour but still want something light and refreshing at the same time. Start by combining 2 ounces of Arak (a traditional Lebanese distilled spirit made from grapes), 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, ½ teaspoon sugar syrup, ¼ teaspoon orange blossom water in a shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake vigorously until all the ingredients are combined. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice cubes and garnish with a lemon wedge or an orange wheel if desired. Enjoy!
For those who prefer something fizzy to quench their thirst in warm weather, try this easy-to-make spritzer that combines sweet rum with sparkling soda water for an exciting flavour profile that won’t fail to impress. Start by combining 2 ounces of dark rum (we recommend using pure Lebanese rum), 4 ounces soda water (you can also substitute ginger ale or tonic water if desired), ¼ teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice in a tall glass filled with ice cubes. Stir gently until all the ingredients are combined then garnish with a mint sprig or lime wedge if desired before serving cold.
This one is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Start by combining 2 ounces of light rum, 1/2 ounce coconut water, 3 ounces pineapple juice, and 4-5 mint leaves in a blender with a cup of ice. Blend until smooth and creamy and pour into a chilled glass. Garnish with lime slices or mint leaves for extra flavour.
Nothing says classic elegance like this recipe! Start by combining 1/2 ounce dry vermouth, 2 ounces white rum, 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon sugar syrup in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds and strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice cubes. Add mint sprigs for garnish if desired.
There you have it – the ultimate guide to unique Lebanese rum and wine cocktails! With these recipes as your starting point, you can easily create your own delicious drinks that will wow your friends at any gathering or occasion. Don’t be afraid to experiment – just remember not to overdo it when it comes to alcohol consumption so everyone can enjoy responsibly. Cheers!