The Best Spanish Cocktails to Drink This Summer

One of the first things we noticed about living in Barcelona was how free-flowing and acceptable alcohol is at any time of the day! Breakfast beers, siesta cocktails and happy hour glasses clinging are acceptable (as well as expected) here!

Since bars and restaurants have been shut down thanks to COVID-19 for the last 10 weeks, people here are anxious to indulge once again in their favorite tapas and cocktails alfresco!

Maybe it’s because we’ve been stuck indoors for so long or haven’t dined out in what seems like FOR-ever. But one thing is for sure!

We plan to go ALL out this summer on our favorite dishes and drinks, which may include some new ones found only in Spain. Never heard of em? This season, take our recommendations for some truly unique and delicious ways to wet your whistle.

What better way to get to know Barcelona than by tasting some of the drinks that are special to Spain.

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The Best Spanish Cocktails to Drink This Summer

Tinto de Verano

Meaning Summer Wine, this is a light and refreshing take on a traditional glass of vino tinto (red wine). Wine connoisseurs might shudder at the recipe for tinto de verano though since its ingredients consist of 50% red wine and 50% of a carbonated lemon drink. Personally, lemon-lime soda goes fantastic for my taste.

Agua de Valencia

A combination of cava (Spanish champagne), orange juice, vodka and gin, this drink is a must try. And with the world’s best oranges coming from Valencia in the southern region of Spain, this drink won’t disappoint!

Sangria

Easily the most popular drink next to beer in Spain, sangria takes on a whole new meaning when drank on this side of the globe. Locally grown Spanish red/white wine mixed with some of the juiciest and freshest tropical fruits makes for an incredible summer cocktail morning, noon OR night.

The beverage is often combined with sugar, orange juice, sparkling water and even brandy.

Leche de Pantera

If you’ve never tried alcohol and milk together in the same glass, now’s your chance. Usually containing condensed milk, ginger, egg yolk and cinnamon this drink can be served over ice for a refreshing midday cocktail.

Agua de Seville

For the sweet cocktail lovers in the group, Agua de Seville is delightful! Typically made with a combination of pineapple juice, sparkling wine, triple sec, whiskey, sugar and sour mix this drink can take on a variety of recipes and ways of preparation. For example, some places will top it off with a dollop of whipped cream.

When served in a large pitcher, it’s the perfect cocktail to share with a group of friends.

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Kalimotxo

Here’s yet another carbonated take on red wine – but this time with cola! The secret to this cocktail? The better quality the wine, the better the Kalimotxo tastes. Some variations even use anise extract and lemon or lime twist.

This drink is quite popular even in other regions of the world including Russia, Chile, Romania and Germany.

Mentira

What European cocktail list would be complete without a drink containing coffee? Mentira combines a cafe liquor from the Alicante region and a frozen lemonade-type drink called granizado de limon.

At the time this cocktail was invented, drinking alcohol was restricted and frowned upon. So locals got creative and thought of a way of adding alcohol to a non-alcoholic drink so they could enjoy it without judgement.

Fifty-Fifty

From the town of Cordoba and usually referred to by locals as fitifiti, this drink is a combination of white wine and sweet dessert wine such as sherry. Tastes more like candy than cocktail, which is why you can adjust the ratios of each in order to adjust the sweetness.

Sol y Sombra

This one is best enjoyed as an after-dinner drink and made with equal parts brandy and anisette. The name means ‘sun and shade’ in Spanish which refers to the various seats at bullfighting arenas. The brandy represents the dark shades while the clear annisette represents the sunny ones.

In order to prepare Sol y Sombra, both ingredients are shaken with ice and then strained into a brandy snifter.

You don’t have to be in Spain to try some of these fun summer cocktails! Be it a backyard BBQ in the states or the rolling hills of the Swiss countryside, nothing says summertime like a refreshing glass of your choice.

Cheers, friends! What will be YOUR cocktail this summer?? Comment below to share.

12 Comments

  • Elisenda Fernandez

    Hola Lauren
    Hay algunos cócteles que no conozco… pero yo incluiria la Tisana que es lo mismo que la Sangría pero con cava, y el Rebujito que se hace con Sprite y Fino… muy típico de Andalucía… pero cuando quieras te preparo uno.

  • Vinn

    Sangria is one of my favorites. I am excited to try other cocktails. Spain is one of my bucketlists. Hopefully soon. Thanks for this article.

  • Shay

    I lived in Seville for a semester, so I can attest to the popularity of tinto de verano! Personally, I’m not much for alcohol so I mainly drank Fanta Limón during my time in Spain because it’s so hard to find anywhere else! Great post and I love the design of your site. 🙂

    • Lauren Covino-Smith

      Thank you so much Shay! You are super lucky to have lived in Seville as I’ve heard it’s spectacular- we haven’t been yet but hopefully soon. And YES tinto de verano is a favorite of mine 🙂

  • Susan

    Enjoyed reading this Lauren! I remember that huge glass of sangria I had in Barcelona when we were there. It was the best I ever had!

  • Chris

    Thanks Lauren … I know, a drink is always best when enjoyed with friends! Here in Australia during the lockdown, people were restricted to ordering one carton of alcohol at a time, in case you drank too much while staying home!
    Hope you get to enjoy that great Barcelona weather and dining soon! Enjoy

    • Lauren Covino-Smith

      Wowww that’s incredible! At a time when some people could argue alcohol is helping to take the edge off, the country is restricting it haha! Wow the stress eating may be the next answer. Hugs to you all!

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