When it comes to world-renowned cocktails and beverages, Spain is on the lips of every discerning enthusiast, and this is irrespective of whether that enthusiast considers him or herself a party lover, art buff, dance floor king, foodie or fashionista – in other words, there’s something for everyone, and that includes drinks. The culinary arts are taken very seriously by the Spanish, with an average lunch lasting between two and three hours, and as such there is a nearly limitless selection of beverages often consumed to accompany these meals.
If you find yourself overwhelmed by the almost never-ending number of beverages available throughout Spain, don’t worry – we have you covered. Below are the top 10 Spanish drinks to taste while you’re there, encompassing alcoholic and non-alcoholic types, and these can be enjoyed during any occasion.
Among the more unknown of the non-alcoholic drinks in Spain is Sidra, or the Spanish version of cider, representing a true treat for cider fanatics. Contrary to its fizzy and sweet counterparts in the UK and northern Europe, cider of the Spanish variety is dry, tart and an ideal alternative to your usual pint or copa de vino.
Widely available throughout Catalonia – and particularly popular in Valencia – Spaniards concoct this refreshing and cold beverage with tiger nuts, water and sugar, unlike the milky rice blend you’ll find in Latin America.
GRANIZADO DE LIMÓN
Translated into “iced lemon drink,” this beverage of Spain, Central and South America varies regionally, but generally consists of crushed or shaved ice with semi-sweet milk.
AGUA DE CEBADA
A traditional drink in the style of barley water that is made with malted barley, sugar and lemon; as one of Spain’s favorite summer drinks, it is not only refreshing but also provides a number of health benefits.
A traditional Spanish dessert made with milk, sugar, cinnamon and egg whites, frozen to perfection.
As the first alcoholic beverage on this list, Sangria is a punch drink that traditionally consists of red wine and chopped fruit, often with other ingredients such as orange juice.
This cocktail, invented in Andalusia, mixes Sherry (Manzanilla or Fino) and soft drinks, and has become extremely popular in the area around Seville.
AGUA DE VALENCIA
This Spanish drink, translated as “Valencian Water,” is made from a base of cava or champagne, orange juice, vodka and gin.
TINTO DE VERANO
This cold, wine-based drink is very popular in Spain and is similar to Sangria, normally consisting of one-part table red wine and one-part gaseosa.
This is a punch made from Gailician aguardiente (Orujo), a spirit distilled from the rests of winemaking, and flavored with special herbs or coffee plus sugar, lemon peel, coffee beans and cinnamon.
When traveling abroad, one of the most exciting things to look forward to is trying new, authentic foods and drinks. Experience for yourself the incredible food & drinks Spain has to offer, with the aforementioned list as your ultimate guide.