Love is still in the air, and you can celebrate it by hosting a post-Valentine’s day party! If you and your friends didn’t get to celebrate Valentine’s day due to a busy schedule, why not celebrate it before the month ends?
It depends on your plans, but it can be a small gathering or a party no one will ever forget. To get started with the party preparations, pick a theme that everyone will love. For instance, if you want to try a Spanish-themed party, this is your chance!
Aside from the theme, you should also prepare a menu and a list of drinks. If you’ve been to Spanish restaurants before, you should prepare the menu you’ve had before.
If you’re having a hard time coming up with a list, here are seven Spanish cocktails you should consider for your party!
1. Agua de Valencia
Agua de Valencia, as the made implies, originated in Valencia, Spain. It’s usually served during brunch, which is why it’s also considered the mimosa of Spain. But even though it’s popular as a mid-day drink, it can also be a hit during a post-Valentine’s day party.
Have you tried Cava in Spanish restaurants? It’s a Spanish sparkling wine that acts as the main ingredient of Agua de Valencia. However, if you don’t have Cava, you can substitute any sparkling wine.
Aside from Cava, you also need to prepare dry gin, vodka, orange juice, ice, and sugar when making Agua de Valencia.
2. Tinto de Verano
Have you ever heard of Summer Red Wine (translated as Tinto de Verano)? If you’ve visited Spanish restaurants before, you might have seen this on the menu. It’s red because of the Spanish red wine mixed in it.
Aside from the red wine, you also need lemon-lime soda, ice, and orange slices (for garnish. However, if you would also like to add other fruits for the garnish, you can do so. It’s the perfect refreshment, especially for those who consume cocktails lightly.
Additionally, it’s a great choice for a post-Valentine’s day party since it’s red.
3. Clara de Limón
Do you need a break from all the sparkles and spirits from cocktails? Clara de Limón might be your best bet. This famous Spanish drink is a combination of Spanish beer and a non-alcoholic drink such as lemonade. If you’ve heard of the high ball, this is the Spanish version of it.
Pro tip: Use a light lager instead of the dark brew, otherwise, it’ll not going to be as enjoyable as expected. Don’t forget the ice because it’s best to serve cold!
Spanish red wine plus cola? Who says chill and classy don’t mix up? Kalimotxo got your back! It may sound odd to those who haven’t tried it yet. But once you do, it’s guaranteed that you’re going to love it. If you and your friends haven’t tried it yet, this is a great opportunity to do so. Besides, a party is never enjoyable if there are no surprises.
As a beginner, start with a regular cola drink and a dry Spanish red wine. After that, don’t forget to spread the word to all partygoers.
Let’s take a break from the classics, and dive into another summery drink with sherry as the main ingredient. In addition, you need to prepare lemon-lime soda, ice, and mint leaves.
Although this drink is perfect for the summer, it’s also a great idea to serve your post-Valentine’s day party. Additionally, you should add some tapas that will perfectly complement the cocktails you’ll serve. Some of the most popular tapas you can make are tortilla de patata, gambas, and Jamon.
Do you want to serve a mysterious drink? Even if it’s the heart’s season, there’s nothing wrong with a few spooky drinks. One of these drinks is the Queimada, which is also called the fire drink. It’s a popular family gathering drink and is also served for Halloween.
Unlike the other cocktails mentioned, Queimada is a bit more complicated. When preparing this treat, you need a large clay pot with a fire. Then, mix orujo, some spices (or coffee beans), lemon peel, and sugar in a smaller bowl. After that, use a ladle to get fire from the bigger bowl and transfer the fire to the smaller bowl. Usually, they have a chant or spell while doing this ritual.
A Spanish-themed party wouldn’t be complete without Sangria. It’s the drink that Spain is widely known for. It may have a lot of ingredients, but the result is everyone would want to try it, especially during the love month.
If you pick to serve Sangria for your party, you need to prepare Rioja or Spanish red wine, orange juice, brandy, orange liqueur, and some fresh fruits cut into wedges. Sangria has a lot of versions, but you can stick to the classic.
Are you excited to host your post-Valentine’s party? Let us know how everything went by leaving a comment below!