So, what to drink in Seville? The beautiful people here are quite fond of a drink or three, whether that is a pre-siesta sunshine beer or something a little stronger once the sun has finally gone down. Don’t get caught in the somewhat misguided sangria trap ― there are far more authentic options to be ordered. How to say cheers?
First things first, you need to understand how to toast that first drink. The Andalusians have a wide variety of ways to get the evening underway, with language that might be best described as ‘colourful’. Best to let out a cheery ‘Salud!’ and giggle at whatever is said.
We’ll start with beer, because we tend to start with beer. Cruzcampo is a divisive lager in the bars of Spain; outside of Seville it is considered a little, well, bad, but the bars and pubs of the Andalusian capital serve it by the bucketload and with plenty of pride. Cruzcampo is the beer of choice in Seville, although craft beers are slowly but surely making themselves a presence in town.
Andalusia is famous for oranges, and Andalusia is famous for wine. In this instance 2 + 2 most certainly equals 4, so put aside any preconceptions you may have and order yourself an Orange Wine.
Darker than fino but lighter than oloroso, Amontillado is another excellent sherry created by the Andalusians. If Edgar Allen Poe is confident enough to name an entire story after the drink, you must have a certain assurance in its quality.
Tinto de Verano
The name literally translates to ‘the Wine of the Summer’, so you can close your eyes and imagine that magical situations in which such booze is devoured. There isn’t a whole lot to this red marvel, a mixture of cold red wine and a carbonated drink of some sort, but this is what you’re really after if you think you want sangria. If you think you want sangria, don’t order it here. Order Tinto de Verano.
Back to the sherry, a Rebujito is a cocktail of sorts, although the list of ingredients doesn’t rise any higher than two. Sherry and some kind of lemonade come together to form something that screams ‘Andalusia’. It doesn’t literally do that, don’t worry.