8 Popular Spanish Drinks that Everyone Needs to Try
One of the wonderful things about Spain is that you can get a delicious drink any time of the day, no problem. Having a drink is something for enjoyment, so it can accompany lunch, dinner, or be an afternoon treat. Here are 8 popular Spanish drinks that the locals love, and you will, too.
It seems pretty basic, but most would agree that beer belongs at the top of the list of popular Spanish drinks. Cerveza is cool and refreshing on those hot summer days, and really hits the spot during lunch or the late afternoon. You can order a caña, a smaller beer, or a copa, a larger one. Different regions of Spain have different brands on tap. In Madrid, you can expect Mahou, in Andalucía there’s Cruzcampo, and in Barcelona you’ve got Moritz.
Bonus: Want to try something sweet, light, and refreshing? Order a clara, or a shandy! Perfect for the summertime.
If you’re a little wary of trying vermút, don’t be! Spanish vermouth is probably much different from that which you’re already accustomed to. It’s white wine infused with tasty spices like cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom and left to age in a barrel. Over time, the wine becomes richer, darker, and full of flavor. Vermút is served in a small glass over ice, and usually with a slice of orange and a couple of olives. Most commonly, people drink it as a pre-lunch aperitif.
Rebujito is a cocktail hailing from Andalucía that is a staple during the spring festival season. The key ingredient is sherry, usually Manzanilla, or Fino. A mix of lemon-lime soda and mint leaves with the sherry gives it a light, refreshing taste. This popular Spanish drink is a favorite during the Feria de Abril in Seville or the Feria del Caballo in Jerez.
Sangría is Spain’s national drink, so of course it belongs on this list! Spain is famous for it’s wine, which is the base of this drink. Lots of fresh fruit and a bit of sugar and cinnamon give this drink a sweet taste that you’ll fall in love with at first sip. Sangría is enjoyed all year round in Spain, but is one of the most popular Spanish drinks in the summer since it’s cool and refreshing.
Tinto de Verano
A cheaper and easier version of sangría is tinto de verano, or summer red wine. It’s simply red wine and lemon soda, so it’s fast and cheap to make and drink all summer long. It has the fruity taste of sangría, but is usually less alcoholic.
Agua de Valencia
Valencia is famous for its oranges and citrus trees, and this drink from the region really highlights that. Agua de Valencia is like a Spanish version of a mimosa, bringing together zesty orange juice, bubbly cava, gin, and vodka. It’s quite easy to make, and the orange juice gives it a one-two punch of sweet and sour. You can drink agua de Valencia in a champagne flute or a cocktail glass, whatever your preference.
Sidra is another sparkling beverage, Spain’s hard apple cider. This fermented apple juice is quite popular in countries like the USA, UK, and Ireland, but you would be surprised to learn that Spaniards love it, too! It’s one of the most popular Spanish drinks in the north, in regions like País Vasco, Asturias, and Galicia. Sidra is made from a crabapple that is native to the area, and sweetened up with juices from other apple varieties. If you go to a bar in the north of Spain, watch how the bartenders and servers pour out the sidra. You’ll be amazed!
Cava is to Spain as what champagne is to France. This sparkling wine is so light, bubbly, and easy to drink that it’s impossible to just have one glass! Cava ranges from brut to sweet, depending on the level of sugar and sweetness that you like your bubbles to have. Cava is often the perfect accompaniment to a big Sunday lunch, or the perfect after-meal drink to go with dessert. But let’s be honest, doesn’t a glass of cava go perfectly with just about everything?
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