Summer’s in Spain and the Best Summer Drink EVAAAAR!!!!Posted: April 29, 2012
before i came to florida i spent close to 3 years in Spain, but not just ANYWHERE in Spain…but southern Spain, Andalucia. the home of flamenco, sangria, bullfighting. i lived in a small town called el puerto de santa maria, in an area called “vista hermosa”. it was an interesting 3 years. well, right about this time of year is “feria”, when the towns have their spring fairs. they drink and dance all night. i used to drive out to the “pueblos blancos” and walk the alleys looking for little gems in the town. southern spain is very laid back and chill. 2:00-5:00 is siesta, so don’t even THINK of getting anything done. dinner is at 10:00pm (which i never accustomed to) and the beaches are topless (which i DID grow accustomed to). as i stated in an earlier post, i had ALWAYS wanted to get orders to Spain., but by the time i ended up there my urge to run around had died. so it was a bittersweet duty station.
one thing most people say about spain is how bad they want a good sangria. well….i’ll tell you a secret- sangria is a tourist drink. the locals drink “tinto”. tinto is a mixture or red wine and citrus soda (i used casera, but they don’t sell it in the US) served over 2-3 cubes of ice. and it’s FUCKING BRILLIANT!!!!! dear GOD is tinto good. i’ll include the recipe in at the end of the post.
now….the fall/winter season was always pretty quiet. but summertime…..the place LIT UP. well, my house was next door to a hotel. the hotel always had tourists from england, germany, france, ireland, sweden……etc. well, i’d head to the hotel bar around 11-midnight (everyone heads to clubs around 1-2am and the clubs close around 6. fuck that btw) and hang out the bar. i got to know the bartenders so i’d sit and chat with them allowing to girls to hear my “accent”. worked like a charm. i’d AWAYS run into some girl that was happy to meet an American. i’d chat her up and “mention” that i live right around the corner. sometimes, they’d wanna see the place that night (giggity), but most times they’d want to meet up during the day at the pool, THEN, they’d end up “visiting” the canton. lol. the english girls were the best, they were ALWAYS down to chilling at the crib. i’d make them a few tinto’s, maybe BBQ some chicken, and then give them a little slice of “americana”. lol. it was a definitely a good time. oh…..tinto-
1 cup red wine
1/4 cup diet 7up/sprite
2-3 ice cubes