Refreshing drinks to combat the heat

When it starts to get hot, we all want to have chilly drinks handy. Some are very nutritious, such as horchata and granita, and others are refreshing like sangria and summer wine. No one can refuse one of these 4 chilly drinks while resting on a terrace. They’re a delight! In addition, several drinks such as summer wine or horchata are part of our traditional gastronomy. We plan to use these refreshing drinks to combat the heat and survive the hot summer months.

Refreshing drinks: Granita

Although the lemon granita is the most well-known, there are others that are just as good: orange, melon, watermelon…a healthy drink and full of good ingredients. Today, we will teach you how to prepare the lemon granita, a classic. Take advantage of the vitamins in this fruit in one of the most refreshing drinks. It is perfect for the kids in the house too!

  • Lemons (4), water (1/2 liter), ice cubes (4), sugar (300 grams)

In a blender, pour the previously peeled lemons. We also pour the water, the ice cubes and the sugar. Blend it all together until lightly thickened. Add more water or ice cubes as needed.

Refreshing drinks: Summer Wines

The summer wine was born in Spain in the mid-twentieth century and is was quickly installed as the drink of the verbenas (a type of show or party) and terraces. Served in a tubular glass or “caña,” it is an alcoholic beverage. Its origin is in  Córdoba, in a local place called the “Venta de Vargas,” where singers and guitarists met. What was served? Red wine with soda!

  • Red wine, bottle of soda (1), ice cubes, lemon, and orange slices (for decoration)

First, we pour the ice into a pitcher. After this, we pour one third of the chosen wine and two thirds of the soda. Decorate each glass with a slice of orange or lemon and serve the summer wine. The next step is to enjoy one of the most desired refreshing beverages. Photo: Mattbites

Refreshing drinks: Horchata

The tiger nut horchata is one of the most consumed refreshing beverages in Valencia, where it is the most popular. Although it looks like regular milk, is a drink that is extracted from the tiger nut and it has a sweet taste. The tiger nut of Valencia is a tuber with D.O.P. and it is the main ingredient of horchata. It is an energetic drink full of digestive properties. It is typically accompanied by sweets, like fartons (a confectionary dessert in Valencia). By the way, the best horchata and fartons of Madrid can be found at the Horchateria Alboraya, C/Alcala 125.

  • Tiger nuts (250 grams), water (1 liter), sugar (125 grams)

Before making the horchata, you must get the tiger nuts and soak them for 24 to 48 hours. We also recommend changing the water several times. Once this time has passed, we put the tiger nuts in a bowl with a little water. Mix with the blender to get the milk out of the tiger nuts. After this, we strained it with a colander to eliminate possible lumps. Add the remaining water and the sugar, and then mix well. To finish, we put the drink in the fridge for at least two hours. Consume it on the same day.

Refreshing drinks: Sangría

Another one of our refreshing drinks? The sangría! This alcoholic beverage is consumed during the summer months. In addition to its basic ingredients, it tends to carry some kind of liquor. However, in each region the recipe varies. In Asturias, for example, it is prepared with cider. We advise you to prepare the recipe with time, so this way the wine acquires all the nuances of the fruit and the flavor is even better.

  • Young red wine (1 liter), juice from 2 oranges or lemons, peaches (4, cut in pieces)
  • Sugar (3 tablespoons), ice cubes
  • Optional: liquor, rum or soda

First, we put the peeled and cut peaches into a pitcher. Next we add the wine, lemon or orange juice, and sugar. Mix and leave in the fridge for at least 2 hours. If we want to lower the alcohol level you can use soda. If on the contrary we want it stronger, we must pour the liquor before putting in the fridge. When we go to serve the sangria, throw in the ice beforehand so it will stay cold.

Text: María Jesús Colombo

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