Refreshing Summertime Drinks from Around the World
Sangria is a popular Spanish wine punch that is ubiquitous across the country. There are endless recipe variations, but this one is a favorite: mix two bottles of red wine, one cup of brandy, half a cup of triple sec, one cup of orange juice, one cup of pomegranate juice, half a cup of simple syrup, and diced apples, oranges, and pears. Chill for at least two hours and add a splash of soda water before serving if desired. A simple Spanish table wine like Campo Viejo Rioja will do for this recipe.
England: Pimm’s Cup
The Pimm’s Cup is a refreshing drink that was first made in a London oyster bar between 1823 and 1840. Made with lemonade and Pimm’s, a slightly sweet and herbal liquor, this drink is perfect for happy hour, brunch, or watching tennis. To make it at home, fill a pitcher with ice, add 1/4 cup of Pimm’s No. 1, sliced strawberries, cucumbers, oranges, mint leaves, and fill with lemonade. Stir and serve!
Mexico’s answer to the Bloody Mary is the Michelada. This savory cocktail is made with beer, lime juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tomato juice, and a salt and chili pepper rim. To make it at home, mix a light beer and tomato juice in a glass, add lime juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and chili powder to taste. Garnish with lime wedges or celery stalks.
Kvass is a Russian fermented drink made from black or rye bread. The bread is soaked in water and mixed with sugar, yeast, and sometimes fruit or mint leaves. After fermentation, the drink is served cold and can be flavored with honey, lemon, or berries. You can make kvass at home by mixing rye bread, water, sugar, and yeast, and letting the mixture ferment for two hours in a warm place.
India: Mango Lassi
The Mango Lassi is a popular Indian drink made from fresh mangoes, yogurt, and sugar. The drink is creamy, sweet, and can be spiced with cardamom or cinnamon. To make it at home, blend chopped mangoes, yogurt, and sugar in a blender until smooth. Add cardamom or cinnamon to taste and serve chilled.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best wine to use in sangria?
You don’t need an expensive wine for sangria. A simple Spanish table wine like Campo Viejo Rioja will do.
What is Pimm’s No. 1?
Pimm’s No. 1 is a slightly sweet and herbal liquor made from gin and a secret blend of herbs and spices.
Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Michelada?
Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of the Michelada by using non-alcoholic beer or tomato juice.
What is kvass?
Kvass is a Russian fermented drink made from black or rye bread. The bread is soaked in water and mixed with sugar, yeast, and sometimes fruit or mint leaves.
What are some variations of the Mango Lassi?
You can add cardamom or cinnamon to spice up the Mango Lassi, or use other fruits like strawberries or peaches instead of mango.