Traditional Spanish Drinks

by perena

Traditional Spanish drinks are as easygoing as Spaniards. Spain has almost no tradition of strong alcoholic drinks like vodka, whiskey or gin. Fruity cocktails, wine and light beer are more appropriate for the Spanish lifestyle, with the hot summers and dusk till dawn partying. While wine and beer are just as popular as in every European country, there are certain drinks which are part of Spain’s charm. Here are some of the most popular:

Sangria

This mix of red wine, spirits and fruits is one of Spain’s most famous overseas ambassadors.  Sangria is best served chilled and in the company of good Latino music. There are many ways to make a sangria: the wine and fruits are mandatory, but it pretty much depends on your tastes and available ingredients. Just about any spirit and cubed fruits can do, and it’s not a blasphemy to use white wine, as well.

Piña Colada

by rob_gonyea

You would expect this combination of rum and pineapple juice to come from a Caribbean island, while in fact it’s a Spanish invention. Believe it or not, an unknown cocktail genius once found the taste of pineapple juice and coconut cream to be too dull, so he (or she) decided to add a little rum.

Calimocho

Calimocho is somehow a very modern and cosmopolitan drink: by combining the strong flavor of red wine with the universal taste of Coca-Cola, this Basque cocktail has become a national hit. Call it ‘kali’ or ‘motxo’, the drink is widely served and widely appreciated.

Cerveza

Spaniards have quite a passion for mixing drinks: it even applies to beer. The traditional cerveza is best served with lemon and often accompanied by a cheerful group of friends. Some popular beer brands in Spain are Mahou, Damm, Estrella Galicia and San Miguel.

Rioja

We cannot neglect the country’s tradition of prime quality wines, as well. The best wines come for the northern part of the country and take the name of the region – Rioja. This brand of wines is known and appreciated world-wide, especially for the red wine variety.

Sidra

Sidra is the Spanish version for cider. Just like wine and calimocho, sidra is typical for Northern Spain. Spanish cider is sweet, widely available and contains a moderate quantity of alcohol.  No wonder that the inhabitants in these regions are the biggest cider consumers in Europe.

Hot Chocolate (Cacaolat)

by mart1n

We wouldn’t want to leave a bad impression about traditional Spanish drinks and mislead you into believing that these are exclusively alcoholic. Non-alcoholic drinks are also popular, particularly the wonderful invention known as hot chocolate. When it comes for Cacaolat, the thicker, the better, especially in a rainy and cloudy day.

 

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