Happy Hours, Mediterranean style: Liqueurs in Spain and Europe

We all have that soft spot for sophisticated and elaborate drinks such as wines and liqueurs not to mention the extraordinary effect it can provide not only to the taste of a particular dish but also to its effect to our body senses. Wines can even have a good effect to our body provided that these are taken in moderate quantity. We all are familiar with these drinks in general but we barely heard about liqueurs from Spain. How do these drinks differ from the ones we know of?

For some liqueurs, beer, cocktails and wines are all one and the same but in the country of Spain it is important to know their distinctions since they actually have a special and particular appreciation for liqueurs and wines. Liqueurs are produced in Spain by adding flavour and aroma to the alcohol with their special ingredients such as flowers, herbs, beans, fruits, and even spices. People from Spain also utilized the use of grapes by producing quality wines best paired with their dishes shared even in ordinary days.

The blame for its diverse heritage in lavish and classic drinks may be put on the sundry climates in the country plus the love of the native to explore and make productive expeditions way before. These drinks also made the cuisines of Spain more romantic. Fruits are also used as the main ingredients to provide different flavours and taste. One might think that it is no different from freshly squeezed juice available in any store. What makes Spanish liqueurs different is flare of the alcohol that gives a different dining experience as well as a distinct dimension for the Spanish food. These alcoholic drinks are also added with sugar for a dash of sweetness aside from the natural sugars of the fruits.

The liqueurs of Spain are also diverse from the berry flavoured ones to the chocolatey alcoholic beverages. The diversity exhibits how the culture of Spain has been incorporated even in what the Spanish and European people get to quench their thirst and complete their whole dining experience. Spanish liqueurs are categorized into berry liqueurs, chocolate liqueurs, coffee liqueurs, cream liqueurs, crème liqueurs, flower liqueurs, fruit liqueurs, and herbal liqueurs. You can even encounter honey liqueurs in some of the restaurants or bars in Spain. You can choose from countless Spanish liqueurs such as arrabidine, chambord (raspberry), crème de cassis (blackcurrant), Bahia Coffee Liqueur, Bicabagaço – Coffee Liqueur and Pomace Brandy, Bols Coffee Liqueur, guavaberry (guavaberry) and the likes.

Spanish wines and liqueurs are said to complete the whole Mediterranean diet. Its distinct capability to affect the senses of a person to appreciate the Spanish food even better makes the roles of such liqueurs crucial when a foreign tourist decides to try and experience a Spanish kind of meal.

The over-all impact of the liqueurs that originates from Spain to its signature dishes gives both products of the country a perfect tandem to have a hearty and healthy meal that shouldn’t only be done in casual occasions but can be also good for a customary diet.

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