Are you already looking forward to your holiday (or city trip) at Spain? Spain, the country of palm trees, sunny weather, terraces, swimming pools, a bright blue ocean, paella, tapas and…: cocktail Spain! Summer is almost there, and you can see it at the streets and beaches. More and more people are wakening up from their hibernation, and the streets and beaches are getting filled with thousands local people and tourists day by day. That is not strange at all, because even here in Valencia it is 27 degrees or higher these months. For some people it is a gift, whereas others do not like to sit in the sun during these temperatures. Some lay down and take a dive at the beach, and some people like to do some sightseeing and hop on from the first terrace to another terrace. People have other preferences and wishes, but one thing for sure: drink enough water and stay hydrated! During the summer months, it is extremely important to have enough water in your body. The Spanish air is really dry, and on average you should drink 2 bottles of 1,5L water each day.
Water? Stay hydrated with the best cocktail Spain
Nothing is more boring than drinking water the whole day. Hydration is really important, and you can learn to hydrate in a less boring way. Water is overrated! That is why we are going to show you a more fun way of keeping yourself hydrated. Why drink water the whole day, if you can combine this with the best cocktail Spain?! For your pleasure, we made a short list of the 6 best cocktail Spain to drink during holiday. These cocktails were also invented in this beautiful country. You will never taste them as good as in their home country: Spain.
Maybe the oldest and well-known cocktail in Spain: Sangria. Sangria is drunk in Spain since the 18th century. You might think Sangria is a cocktail from Spanish origin, but that might not be true. English people are claiming that they invented this popular drink. They state that they brought the Sangria recipe to New York, and that it exists longer than only since the 18th century. Every Spanish family has got his own Sangria recipe, that makes this drink so exciting and fickle. Local people drink this cocktail at lunch or dinner, but it is an excellent refreshment to drink on a terrace. You can combine it the best with a lovely paella or nice small tapas dishes. A Sangria contains: one bottle of red wine, two oranges, one lemon, some cubes of pineapple, one mango, a dash of liquor 43, three teaspoons of sugar (if your prefer, you can leave the sugar part) and one bottle of agua con gas (sparkling water). Mix them all together, add some ice and enjoy your cocktail Spain Sangria!
This is the twin of Sangria. The story is quite the same, but there is one difference between these two cocktail Spain: Sangria contains a bottle of red wine and Limonada a bottle of white wine. This drink is also known as ‘white Sangria’. A Limonada contains: one bottle of white wine, two oranges, one lemon, some cubes of pineapple, one mango, a dash of liquor 43, three teaspoons of sugar (if your prefer, you can leave the sugar part) and one bottle of sparkling water. Our tip to this recipe is: use a Verdejo white wine. This is a Spanish wine which is a little bit dry, but has got a full and soft taste. Of course, you can use other fruits too. Apple also works really nice with white Sangria!
Tinto de Verano
This cocktail is a look-a-like of Sangria. Do not confuse this one with Sangria, because they taste totally different. Tinto de Verano tastes sweeter than Sangria. This cocktail Spain is very easy to prepare. This drink only contains a bottle of red wine and a lemon soda. You can use soda’s as 7up and Sprite. We prefer Sprite, because this soda is less sweet then 7up and more refreshing. In case you will like sweeter cocktails, we recommend you to use 7up and some sugar. Grocery shops in Spain also sell ready-made Tinto de Verano. These are also not really bad, but the home-made ones are way better and also easy to make. Our tip at this cocktail is: put some ice in it. This alcoholic drink tastes the best if it is very cold.
Agua di Valencia
As the name already says: this cocktail is from the region Valencia. This might be the most refreshing drink of all, and perfect to drink at those hot summer days. There are a lot of different kinds Agua di Valencia’s these days, but the authentic recipe is without sugar and made with fresh oranges. It is a festive drink which is made of: fresh orange juice, cava, vodka and gin. If you would like to make it a little bit sweeter: add some white sugar to it. Make this cocktail look fabulous by adding some ice cubes and two half slices of orange.
This is a popular drink among Spanish youth. It sounds quite awful, but Spanish youngsters like to drink this before a night out. It is a very easy alcoholic drink made of Coca-Cola and red wine.
Do you already know to which drink this name refers? Well, to the famous Spanish Licor 43 ofcourse! This typical Spanish liquor is based on 43 secret ingredients. You can buy this in several countries and almost every grocery shop in Spain. The cocktail Spain ‘Fizz 43’ contains 15ml of Licor 43, 15 ml of gin, 60 ml cava and the juice of half an orange. We would recommend you to cool the Licor 43, gin and cava, because it is not so nice to add ice to this drink.
What is your favourite cocktail Spain? Let us know and upload a picture on Instagram including hashtag Suspanish (#suspanish)!