Sabra liqueur is a chocolate-orange flavored liqueur produced
The primary flavor of Sabra is a rich, bittersweet chocolate. The dense
chocolate is cut by the sweet and sour taste of Jaffa oranges. Slightly chilling
Sabra liqueur strengthens the chocolate taste, while slightly warming it brings
out the citrus taste. Sabra is 30% alcohol by volume.
The Sabra bottle design is based on a 2,000-year-old Phoenician wine flask found
in a Tel Aviv museum.
Left: Sabra liqueur.
Sabra was developed and introduced in 1963 by Edgar Bronfman,
Sr., the head of Seagram, to be an identifiably Israeli liqueur. Its name is a
term used affectionately to describe a native-born Israeli Jew, a term derived
from the Hebrew name of a prickly pear cactus that grows in Israel. The original
liqueur was made from this cactus fruit, but did not succeed and was quickly
changed to the successful chocolate-orange product.
There are now three Sabra liqueurs, all produced by Carmel Winery, and all are
kosher and kosher for Passover. The newer products are Sabra Coffee liqueur,
launched in 1985, and Grand Sabra, an orange-flavored brandy, launched in 2006.