Drinks of Barcelona. We came, we walked, and we got thirsty! Enjoy these recommendations for your next trip and recipes to bring some Spanish flavor home!
We had Cacaolate, a chocolate milkshake, from Granja Viader, where it was invented in 1931. Our daughters hardly let us have a drink! They were honestly so good. I’m not a big ice cream or chocolate milkshake fan, but this was amazing!
Horchata or tiger nut milk tastes a lot like almond milk and is made in a similar way, but with tiger nuts. To make Horchata or almond milk you soak the nuts overnight and then rinse. Next blend the nuts with twice the amount of water, then strain the nuts out. Of course, Horchata has lots of other yummy flavors, which you can either experiment with at home or taste test around Barcelona. I read Sirvent has the best Horchata in Barcelona, but my local friend Gene says it is Malpaso. Try both, and let me know your favorite! We were not ready to stop drinking it, so before leaving Barcelona we picked this up at Casa Gispert, which I wish would have been our first stop, as it was a treasure trove of food from Barcelona, and the staff loved to chat and answer all my many questions.
Sangria is the perfect Spanish drink for a summer day. I like the recipe of orange juice, cheap red wine, and fruit. But while in Spain my eyes were opened to using cava or lemon soda in Sangria. Adding the lemon flavor into it really adds something. My husband and I went cava crazy while in Barcelona. Cava is produced in Catalonia, and I just love the bubbles in this wine, which is SO much cheaper than champagne. I invented a drink for my daughters–I’m calling it “Barcelona Sun”–which has a 3 to 1 ratio of orange juice to lemon soda. Then you fill with summer fruits and an umbrella toothpick. The most important part of sangria? Letting everything rest in the fridge overnight. The longer the fruit has to soak up the orange juice and wine the better! The cute signs pictured were found at an amazing souvenir shop called De Nostra Ciutat, where we also found Jenga Castellers. So fun!
I tried Coffee con Leche a couple of times while in Barcelona, but it was not spectacular in my opinion. I suggest sleeping in while in Barcelona, so you don’t need coffee. 🙂 One of the places I got a coffee was at Caelum, which translates into “heaven” from the Latin. It is a store where all the best goods sold by monasteries and convents are brought into Barcelona, so it is filled with cookies and candles and jams. You can get a sample platter of the different goodies, which was fun for our family.
I was at a book store and ordered something I thought was chai tea, but ended up being something completely different: Equilibrio tea infusion. My Spanish is not great. 🙂 But this tea melody was amazing. I searched the next day where I could buy the tea, determined not to go home without it, and they had a shop right on the Ramblas. The shop was full of amazing smells, and I so wished I had more room in the suitcase to buy everything. The tea was from Sans&Sans, a Barcelona-based company, which you MUST go to if in Barcelona. If you’re not traveling soon, the mix, was rooibos, dried lemon, chamomile, anise, ginseng, fennel, and honey. It is so good!
Now to our favorite drink we had! Chocolate Con Churros! A great place to try it is at the Museum of Chocolate. Our daughters even took a chocolate cooking class there, where they got to put chocolate in a mold and then eat the hardened chocolate. They also got to paint with chocolate! It was their favorite part of the trip, along with seeing a gummy bear truck (why in the world do we spend so much money on travel?!?). We took this picture next to a replica of Michelangelo’s pietà after the girls’ class. They had lots of sculptures and lots on the history of chocolate in Spain. A place not to miss!
This is my recipe for the chocolate in Chocolate Con Churros. This chocolate milk is different from any other chocolate milk you have had. It is so thick, it turns breakfast into a fondue party! It tastes great with churros (obviously), but you can also dip fruit in for a fun breakfast. It took me a long time to come up with this recipe. I wanted something very easy, that I could remember even in my morning dazes. This recipe is best with cows’ milk, as I could not get the almond milk to thicken up as much. It is a lot like my sahlab recipe, as both add corn starch to milk and transform your warm drink into something that is almost pudding. Yummm!
Churros’ Chocolate Milk
|Prep time||1 minute|
|Cook time||9 minutes|
|Total time||10 minutes|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Serve Hot|
- 2 cups Milk
- 100g Dark Chocolate
- 1 tablespoon Sugar
- 1 tablespoon Corn Starch
- 1/2 cup Water
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