Looking for an easy way to cool down this summer? There’s no better way to beat the heat than with a nice, refreshing drink outside! Try any one of these classic, famous drinks from across France to Spain, and let Renfe-SNCF en Coopération’s new high-speed trains from France to Spain take you to these beautiful summer destinations!
This non-alcohol beverage can be found in almost any French restaurant, bar, or sidewalk café- preferable for a warm summer day. Made to order by the glass, as opposed to by the pitcher, this French version of lemonade is a very tart, DIY sort of assemblage. When ordered, typically the waiter will bring to you a tall glass filled with the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon and ice. Alongside, you are brought a pitcher of water and a few sugar cubes. You adjust the water and sugar to your taste! Relax on a hot French day, and sip one of these deliciously tart drinks! Looking for more ways to beat the heat? Relax on one of these beaches!
Typically drunk as an aperitif before your meal or before a snack, this popular French cocktail is made with a base measurement of crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, with a topping of white wine. It was originally called blanc-cassis, for the mixture of white wine and the liqueur, but it is now named Kir after Félix Kir, the mayor of Dijon in Burgundy, who popularized this drink during his pioneering of the twinning movement after World War II when he offered it at receptions when visiting different delegations. There are many variations of this cocktail, one of the most popular being Kir Royal, which is made using champagne rather than white wine. Other versions are made using traditional ciders, or different flavored liqueurs. Try out these summer sports as another way to cool down!
Originating from Marseille, this classic drink is another meant to be consumed as an aperitif before your meal. Patis is an anise-flavored liqueur that has added licorice flavoring, contains less that 100 grams of sugar per liter, and has between 40-45% alcohol by volume. Normally, this is diluted with water before being served. Pastis, meaning mash-up, gets its name due to the artistic nature of its creation from mixes of whole herbs. Often, this will be served neat with a jug of water to dilute to your taste, causing some insolubility, giving the pastis its typical transformation from dark and transparent yellow to a light, milky hue. Served cold, this popular drink is revered for its refreshing nature on a hot day in Marseille! Looking for food to accompany your drink? Try these delicious French and Spanish cuisines!
Named after the Spanish word for blood, “sangre,” this dark red, typical Spanish drink will surely keep you refreshed all summer long! It was first debuted in the United States at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York where the Spanish World area served up this delicious drink to its visitors. Sangria normally consists of red wine mixed a sweetener such as honey, sugar or orange juice, soda water, and sometimes brandy. Chopped fruit is then added into the pitcher- oranges, lemons, apples, melon, pineapple- you name it! It is then steeped and chilled- for a few minutes, or a few days, and always served with ice. The ingredients in sangria often vary, with white wine or mulled wine used in place of red, or different assortments of fruit, as well as how the fruit is chopped and how long the sangria is steeped and chilled. Check out these popular summer festivals to dance away that sangria!
Defined by law as “quality sparkling wine produced in a designated region,” this refreshing wine is produced in Catalonia- home to Barcelona. Often referred to as “Spanish champagne,” this drink is frequently served at celebrations such as weddings, baptisms, banquets, or family parties and get-togethers. Meaning cave, or cellar, Catalan winemakers adopted the name cava in 1970 to separate their wine from the French champagne, and given that caves were used in the early days of aging wine, cava was a fitting name. You can find cava all over Spain, in any restaurant, but it is something that you cannot miss when visiting the Catalan city of Barcelona! Take your cava and make it romantic in one of these secret getaways!
AIGUA DE VALÈNCIA
Aigua de València
Called Valencian Water, in English, this delicious summer drink will keep you cool while you beat the heat! Made with a base of cava, orange juice, gin, and vodka. It is typically served in a large pitcher or carafe, it was made for the first time in 1959 in thea bar called Café Madrid de Valencia, in Valencia, Spain, by a man named Constante Gil. A bunch of travellers used to frequent this bar and always ordered Agua de Bilbao (referring to the best cava at the bar). They grew tired of this, and asked the owner to give them something new- and thus the popularity of Agua de Valencia was born! Enjoy this popular drink this summer under the hot Spanish sun! Be sure to visit these famous works of art after a refreshing drink!
There is no better way to cool off on a hot day than with these refreshing drinks! Experience them for yourself, in their native countries- book now with Renfe-SNCF en Coopéracion!