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The best drinks to try in Spain

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

One of the main pleasures of traveling is discovering new food and drink. Not only are these delicious treats enjoyable in themselves, but they are such an important part of any culture that getting to know them is one of the very best ways to get the feel for a place and really sink in to the life there.

Spain is a great place to do this. The Spanish take food and drink seriously, not in a solemn way, but as a great social pleasure to be enjoyed, and they have great respect for the quality of what they consume, for the hard work and artistry which goes into its preparation.

So, here is an insider’s guide to the delights of Spanish drinks, some well-known, some hidden gems. Enjoy.

  • Tinto de verano

Everybody has heard of sangria- the mixture of wine, juice, brandy and fruit pieces which for many people typifies Spain. There is no denying that it is a great drink, but on the down side you can normally only order it by the jug, which can be expensive. If what you are after is a quick, light, refreshing drink, then try tinto de verano a simple mixture of red wine and lemonade, usually served in a tall glass over ice – perfect for hot summer nights.

  • San Miguel beer

Most regions and even individual towns in Spain have their own brand of beer, but my person favorite is San Miguel, brewed in Malaga, the capital of the Costa del Sol. It is a light, crisp beer, with a smooth aftertaste and it goes down a treat on its own or with a meal.

  • Rioja wine

This northern region gave its name to the most famous wine in Spain. The best known wines from Rioja are reds, which go very well with a good steak or other meats. Less well known but equally well worth trying are the lighter rosé versions and the crisp, fresh white wines. There is something to suit everybody’s taste and pocket, from good simple table wines to grand reserves which can live with the world’s finest and which change hands for hundreds of euros.

  • Cava wine

This is the Spanish equivalent of Champagne and comes from Catalonia, in the north-east of Spain. The most famous brand is Freixenet, which accounts for over half of all cava sales, although in total there are well over 200 cava producers. Cava is a light, normally dry sparkling wine, and it has a very important place in Catalan culture and cookery. Try it either as an aperitif, or with one of the combination dishes of poultry cooked with fruit for which Catalonia is famous.

  • Licor Cuarenta y Tres ( Licor 43)

This is quite simply the ultimate after-dinner drink. As the name suggests, it is made from a mixture of 43 different ingredients, including citrus and other fruits, herbs and spices and vanilla, which all together produce a glowing golden drink with a smooth and warming flavor, containing hints of chocolate and bananas. Normally served over ice, it is slightly sweet, but with a serious bite.

Don’t leave Spain without trying it!

Spain Hotels for wine lovers :

Hotel Los Jándalos JerezJerez de la Frontera

Housed in an antique wine cellar, this 4-star hotel is located in Jerez de la Frontera, a small town in the province of Cadiz, Andalusia.

Famous for Andalusian horses and Flamenco music, Jerez is also a major center of brandy and sherry production. The city is well known for its bodegas and the elegant Hotel Los Jandalos Jerez is the perfect starting point to visit the local wineries or take an Andalusia wine tour.

Hotel Santa AnnaL’Estartit

Located in L’Estartit beach resort and featuring a large swimming pool, the Hotel Santa Anna is a great spot for a family holiday on the Costa Brava.

Food and wine lovers can sample delicious Spanish and Mediterranean specialties at the hotel restaurant. They can also book wine tasting and wine tour around Barcelona and Penedès, an area well known for its Cava sparkling wine.

Hotel Las GaunasLogroño

The brand new Hotel Las Gaunas offers comfortable rooms at affordable price in the heart of Logroño, a town located on the Ebro river, in the Northern region of La Rioja.

With a vast choice of tapas bars and taverns, the city is certainly one of the best places to enjoy Spanish wine culture. In addition, as a center of Rioja wine production, Logroño boasts numerous wineries offering wine tasting sessions, as well as calados, antique cellars featuring caves dug in the stone.

Picture of Tinto de Verano and beer originally posted by dirk.hartung

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12 responses to “The best drinks to try in Spain”

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  1. Janet says:
    April 24th, 2008 at 11:42

    If you are looking for vacation places in Spain that offer free tapas, meaning food, with the drinks you buy, you will want to travel to Granada or Jaen. If it is bullfighting that is bringing you to Spain, then you will find that the vacation places in Spain that are best for this is Madrid and Andalusia.

  2. Jane says:
    August 9th, 2008 at 01:44

    A must try drink in Spain is Pacharán, a liqueur made from wild plums in Navarra (northern Spain). It is delightful before or after dinner, straight or over ice. It is inexpensive and can be found in bars and stores throughout the country.

  3. Denis Turner says:
    December 13th, 2008 at 18:46

    Hi good to read your drink recomendations….but I am strugling to find the recipe for a Spanish dring I had in south east Spain. it had coffe (Ipresume) Brandy,
    Liquor 43, Lemon chips and Carnation condensed Milk.
    It is called something like “Aciatico)
    if you can help I would apriciate it.Best regards.Den.

  4. anjeeta says:
    June 10th, 2009 at 00:12

    I really cannot resist the bottled drink Bitter Kas on my trips to Spain so like Campari without the kick :)

  5. Louie Plevin says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 21:24

    Your place is valueble for me. Thanks!…

  6. Celeste Ith says:
    April 14th, 2012 at 09:33

    Hi you really need to do this while its still here!!

  7. Hopeful Hero says:
    July 9th, 2012 at 20:47

    good stuff

  8. S. D. says:
    December 3rd, 2013 at 02:58


  9. tyrone says:
    January 31st, 2014 at 21:03


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