Recipe for summer in Spain: cool drinks
A great way to accompany your lunches and dinners is with “tinto de verano” (“summer red wine”), a popular Spanish drink combining red wine with fizzy lemonade. Other options include a delicious jug of sangria, with red wine, chopped fruit, sugar and – depending on the area and the bar – a few special touches such as cinnamon or rum. And if you like the idea of combining wine with other drinks, a favourite with young people is what they call “calimocho” –red wine mixed with cola. Beer lovers should try a “clara”, the Spanish take on shandy – beer with fizzy lemonade, served ice cold. The ideal way to enjoy all these drinks is sitting outdoors at one of the terraces that many Spanish bars and restaurants set up as the good weather arrives (many of them right by the beach).
What better to round off a really good meal than a refreshing drink to recharge your batteries. Why not try a typical iced coffee? All you do is add sugar to the hot coffee and then pour it into the glass full of ice with which it is served. Another suggestion? Cream of <i>orujo</i> (a type of brandy) or <i>pacharán</i> (sloe liqueur) over ice. Delicious.
For all ages
if you prefer alcohol-free drinks there’s also a wide range of options. One favourite with both young and old alike, and very popular all over Spain (particularly in the area of the Region of Valencia) is the creamy drink known as <i>horchata</i>, which is made with water, sugar and tiger nuts. You’ll love the taste, and particularly if you drink it accompanied by the long sweet pastries known as <i>fartónes</i>, an inseparable complement to this drink. And of course you have to try the sorbets, fresh citrus juices over crushed ice, fruit juices, lemonade, <i>leche merengada</i>, a drink made of milk, sugar, eggs, lemon and cinnamon, served ice cold, which is an instant hit with everyone who tries it.
All over Spain
As well as all the drinks mentioned above, many areas in Spain have their own special drinks which are ideally suited to the hottest months of the year. Here are a couple of examples to whet your appetite: Valencia water, made with orange juice and cava; and a rebujito, a drink from Andalusia combining dry sherry and fizzy lemonade. The food’s on the table… just choose your drink!
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