Sangria is definitely another option. But not any kind of sangria: it should be the homemade one. Like vermouths, this traditional and sociable drink, come back to the tables. We are referring to a fresh, fun and urban sangria with fun design bottles. If it can be further ecological, then, even better. Very fresh, sangria becomes gourmet. A good sangria in summer can be served as an aperitif, but unlike the Vermouth or Pastis, you can perfectly accompany your meal as a seafood paella and vegetables or during a barbeque. Grilled vegetables are delicious and with a few degrees of alcoholic bleeding, success is assured.
Sangria is definitely a symbol of Spain for many tourists and is perfect for summer. A third of wine (young) for two of soda, a slice of lemon and another orange and a few ice cubes, use to be the perfect recipe. The key to making a very good one is the base ingredients. Wine does not have to be expensive but it should be well made. Not worth anyone. The soda does not have to be the bad one either. You can choose a mineral water with gas so it is not so sugary. No need for your summer red to become a Calimocho (Spanish cocktail composed of Coke and red wine)! There is also the possibility of adding some vermouth to the mixture. It will give a nice and smooth spicy touch.
Apart from Pastis, which is also very Mediterranean, all other products are traditional in Spain. Manzanilla is one of them: this wine from Sanlúcar de Barrameda, close to Jerez, is a good alternative during the summer, with an incredibly cheap price and is really enjoyable with tapas.
La Manzanilla is a dry white wine, made with Palomino grape and aged under a layer of yeast called flower veil. Its upbringing is carried out exclusively in wineries in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Its color is very pale, a bright yellow straw. Of pungent and delicate aroma in which they emphasize floral notes that remember to the chamomile, memories almonds and aromas of bakery. The palate is dry, fresh and delicate: with a light and soft palate, despite its dry finish. It has a slight acidity that produces a pleasant sensation of freshness and a persistent and slightly bitter aftertaste.
For me, it is by far the best of appetizers in summer or one of them ... A glass of Manzanilla, after a complicated or good day, does not matter ... with good sausages and some good olives, enjoy!
Sangría Lolea Nº1 75cl, perfect during summer days
Manzanilla la Gitana, ideal with tapas and aperitif