While travelling or living in Spain, one of the most exciting things you can do is indulge yourself in their culture and to try some new authentic drinks! With winter closing down and summer fast approaching, the temptation to sit outside and grab a drink is looking ever more inviting. Whether its a long lunch or a night of drinks and cocktails, Spain certainly offers some incredible beverages to try. One of the most satisfying things about the summer is sitting back, relaxing at the beach and sipping a refreshing summer drink?
Here we present a small list of some classic Spanish drinks perfect for accompanying the summer sun!
Sangria is one of the most well known Spanish drinks and is a great accompaniment while chilling in the sun. Sangria is a cool, sweet mix of red wine, orange juice, a bit of brandy, and if made correctly, aged fruit. This somewhat touristy drink can range in price (be careful not to be ripped off) and is generally served in a jarra or jug. Normally made in large batches this drink is perfect for parties, lounging in the sun or for a long 3-4 hour lunch.
A caña is your typical small glass of beer served all over Spain. Most locals will have one of these with their lunch, as opposed to Sangria, and are typically the smallest and cheapest means of beer that a bar will serve. Perfect for sipping on with some tapas, a caña really is the most traditional way to drink beer in Spain.
Tinto de Verano
The cheap and cheerful version of Sangria, Tinto de Verano (Summer Wine) consists of red wine mixed with lemonade. This refreshing drink is a popular among youngsters and incredibly easy to make at home. When the sun is shining, Tinto de Verano is the drink of choice.
Clara de Limón
Often dubbed as a girls drink, Clara de Limón is a mixture of lemon soda and beer. Girly connotations aside this is not a drink to miss out on. When Spain’s perpetual heat wave sets in, ice cold and refreshing is all you need. This thirst quenching tasty drink is great for an afternoon sesh whilst soaking up the rays. Whats more, its so easy to prepare at home!
You don’t need to be celebrating to drink champagne, and Cava is the Champagne of Spain. Its mostly produced in the Penedès region of Catalonia and is refreshing, simple yet eloquent. Cava is light and bubbly and pairs well with tapas, especially Spain’s famous Jamón ibérico.
Agua de Valencia
This party cocktail consisting of Cava, orange juice, vodka and gin is the beating heart of Valencia’s drink scene. There’s something magical about the combination and it is the ideal drink for an authentic night out. Drink lots of water as this concoction may invite a hangover. A modern refreshing twist on a mimosa this drink reflects the beautiful sun-filled coastline of Valencia as well as the famous oranges from the region.