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TGIF: Do You Know These Catalan Drinks?

September 3, 2018 Beverage No Comments Email Email

1. Vermut 

We all need a little drink to go with savoury treats like slices of ham, sausages, crackers and cheese. In Catalonia, Vermut is the little aperitif drunk prior to a meal to “open up” one’s taste buds.

In Catalonia, vermuts are served at all almost all bars; you can simply request for it in Catalan and impress the bartender by saying “fer un vermut”

2. Tino de Verano

Scoot over sangria, tinto de verano is the more common drink for summer – made of red wine, sweetened soda and lemon; it is certainly refreshing and the go to drink for your mid-day sugar boost.

3. Cava

Ready to have some bubbly? Catalans produce their very own version of sparkling wine very close to Barcelona.
This celebratory drink has is fizzy and a great party starter!

Tip: Visit Codorniu – one of Catalonia’s oldest cava producer in their art nouveau inspired cellar, built by one of Catalonia’s contemporary architects Josep Puig i Cadafalch.


4. Ratafia

This liqueur is made from tender walnuts mixed with various aromatic plants and the mixture has to be macerated for a minimum of two months. After this, it is decanted and dressed up with sugar, alcohol and water and kept in wooden barrels for three more months.

Ratafía is drunk as an aperitif and a digestif. It is usually drunk very chilled, directly from the freezer. It is ideal for accompanying all kinds of desserts, especially ice-cream.

Tip: Not many people know of this drink, much less know that you can learn how to make it. Here’s how you can try your hand at making this drink in the town of Lleida about 1h30 minutes from Barcelona. At the Licors Portet, join a workshop where they teach you about the botanicals and liquors combined to make this unique drink.


5. Vichy Catalan

This one isn’t an alcoholic drink, but it is no ordinary mineral water either.

Vichy Catalan is from the natural waters of Caldes de Malavella which is also a spa facility.

The water has very high mineral content, natural carbonation, and an almost neutral pH, it is a common request at the table among Catalans.

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