Refreshing Summer Drinks in Barcelona
Now that the temperatures are rising, there is nothing better than a delicious ice cream or cold drink to cool you off. Barcelona, of course, is full of places offering all sorts of summer refreshments, and a quality product made from the best ingredients is not too much to ask if what you need is a sugar boost and a cooling off. In your search for quality products, we would like to recommend the best places to enjoy the highest quality traditional beverages such as horchata (tiger nut milk) or the best homemade ice-cream. We also want to offer you a couple of tips if you want to enjoy a refreshing coffee or iced tea in Spain, the Spanish way!
A popular drink from Valencia is horchata, made from tiger nuts, water and sugar. The best conditions for the cultivation of this tuber are in some regions of Valencia, where it is a healthy summer drink packed full of minerals, vitamins, calcium, etc. In Carrer Parlament, near the Sant Antoni Market you can find La Casa de los Turrones Artesanales Sirvent (The house of handmade Turrons), where they not only manufacture and sell delicious handmade turrón (a type of nougat candy), but during the summer months they also prepare an excellent horchata made from natural tiger nuts and offered for sale immediately after its elaboration in the same cafeteria. This is a very refreshing and healthy option that can be enjoyed in the Catalan city.
During the summer and even winter months, there is nothing like a delicious ice cream in every possible flavour. Homemade ice cream is a mine of minerals like calcium and phosphorus, as well as vitamins A and B – from the fruits and nuts that are used to flavour the ice-cream and also the eggs and milk that give it that creamy texture. All in all, ice-cream is a healthy, delicious and refreshing summer snack. In Gelaaati! Di Marco, located in C / Llibreteria 7, near Plaza Jaume I, you can enjoy an excellent variety of homemade ice creams, whose products are 100% natural where there are no colourings or hydrogenated vegetable fats in any of the ice-creams, all very damaging to your health. All these factors give their ice-creams a perfect texture and flavours that cannot be found elsewhere and with a fat content of between 6 and 8% this must the perfect ice-cream!
And for those who have recently arrived in Spain and have little knowledge of summer traditions, we want to give you some advice for these hot summer months. Nothing like an coffee or tea with ice in a terrace under the sun or under the shade if you are lucky. However, here we must bear in mind that when ordering a coffee with ice, this does not come with a scoop of ice or following the Frappuccino style, like iced coffee. No, here the coffee and the ice cubes are served separated, ie, you can expect a cup of coffee as well as a glass filled with ice cubes to be mixed. So once the coffee is served, mix the coffee or tea with the amount of sugar you want to and then proceed to pour it into the glass with ice cubes. Thus, you can drink a delicious coffee or tea, as sweet as you like, but cool, which is what we want to with this heat.