Top Five Spanish Drinks for Summer

Cool and Refreshing Drinks from Spain

The rain in Spain may fall mainly on the plain, but during the summer, it usually doesn't rain at all - and it's hot! That is the reason so many northern Europeans visit Spain in July and August. Because the weather is so hot in many parts of Spain, the Spanish adapted and traditionally took "siestas" or naps in the hottest part of the day and returned to work when the temperature dropped a few degrees.

 

Spaniards also learned that in the hot summer, you must drink lots of...MORE liquids. Spanish drinks are delicious and refreshing - perfect for summer parties. Here are our top Spanish drinks for summer:
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    Spanish sangria recipe
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    Sangria is a great party drink for the summer. It’s easy to make, inexpensive and very refreshing. It is a good punch for a large party and by adding or subtracting lemon-lime soda, you can make it as strong or weak as you’d like.
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    Holding white sangria
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    Beat the heat! If you are hosting a party this summer, white wine sangria is a great addition to your menu. Our version is not as sweet as the traditional red wine sangria and has a refreshing citrus twist.
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    The name “Tinto de Verano” translates into English as “Red Wine of Summer.” It is a refreshing wine cocktail served when it gets hot in Spain. Although similar to the famous "sangria," it is easier to make and has less alcohol in it. It only has 4 ingredients, counting ice and a lemon slice!
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    Sherry wines
    Tasting sherry wines.
    Sherry or jerez is the Spanish wine from the southern region of Cádiz. Pour yourself a small glass of ice cold "fino" sherry before a meal and see why it is so popular in Spain and the U.K. If the sherry is not cold, put an ice cube in a spoon and slowly pour the sherry over the ice cube into the glass. Delightful!
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    Glasses of cava and snacks
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    Champagne was the first sparkling wine and it is the most famous, Spain produces many fine sparkling wines, called cava after the cellars in which the wine is produced.