Drinks in Spain

Spain Cafes – a few translations of Drinks and beverages

In the Spanish countryside you will find local restaurants (such as Venta el Tropezon in Montecorto) with a café and a restaurant area. Usually you have drinks, breakfasts or tapas in the caféteria area and lunch or dinner in the restaurant area. These are some of the drink and beverage items you will find at a café in Spain. Spain Cafes – a few translations of drinks beverages.

Some examples and translations of tapas and main meals are described here.

A few translations of drinks and beverages

Coffee Drinks

Coffee is always freshly ground and filtered. This will be served in a cup and saucer, or in a glass precariously balanced on a saucer. Take care as the glass holds its heat really well, so can be very hot to the touch!

  • Café con leche – coffee with milk, is the most popular; this is half coffee, half hot milk
  • Café solo – small espresso, without milk and very strong
  • Café doble – double espresso, without milk and very strong
  • Café largo – an espresso with extra water passed through the filter, without milk
  • Café carajillo – espresso with anis or brandy
  • Café cortado – espresso coffee with a dash of milk
  • Café descafeinado de maquina – decaffeinated filter coffee
  • Café descafeinado de sobre – a glass of hot milk and a packet of instant decaf. If you want hot water and not milk then you can ask for “café descafeinado de sobre, con agua, no leche”.
  • Café con hielo – a small espresso with a glass of ice. Or ask for your type of coffee (see above) “y un vaso de hielo” (and a glass of ice). Simply add your sugar and then pour over the ice. In the heat of summer an ice coffee can be more refreshing and is very popular.

Each coffee is served with one packet of white sugar, unless you are in a truck stop then it is two. :)

  • Azucar – Bleached white sugar in a 10gr packet is the standard issue.
  • Edulcorante – Artificial sweetener may be available, in either a sachet or click pack container. If you do not see it, ask for it.
  • Azucar Moreno – Brown sugar. Occasionally brown sugar may be available, this is generally only if the café offers specialty coffees.
Tea Drinks
  • Té – tea
  • Té con limon – tea with a slice of lemon
  • Té con un poco de leche fria – tea with a little cold milk
  • Té Solo – tea with nothing added
  • Infusión de tila – lime flower herbal tea
  • Infusión de manzanilla – chamomile herbal tea
  • Infusión de poleo-menta – mint herbal tea
Milk Drinks
  • Chocolate caliente – hot chocolate
  • Batido de fresa – strawberry milkshake
  • Batido de chocolate – chocolate milkshake
  • Batido de vainilla – vanilla milkshake
  • Horchata – tiger nuts, sugar and water (tastes a little like soy milk)
Cold Drinks
  • Agua sin gas – natural spring water
  • Agua con gas – carbonated spring water
  • Zumo de piña – pineapple juice
  • Zumo de naranja – orange juice
  • Zumo de melocoton – peach juice
  • Zumo de manzana – apple juice
  • Fanta naranja – fizzy orange
  • Fanta limon – fizzy lemon
  • Sprite or 7up – lemon pop
  • Casera blanca – sugar free lemonade
  • Tonica – tonic water
  • Coca-cola – Coca-cola
  • Pepsi – Pepsi
  • Ice Tea – Iced Tea
Beer, Wine, Sangria
  • Una cerveza – a beer
  • Una cerveza sin – alcohol free beer
  • Una clara – shandy, half beer half lemonade
  • Un vino blanco – white wine
  • Un vino tinto – red wine
  • Un vino rosa – rose wine
  • Una botella de vino tinto – bottle of red wine
  • Un vaso de vino blanco – glass of white wine
  • Tinto de verano – summer red (half red wine, half lemonade, over ice)
  • Sangria – red wine punch, includes lemonade, brandy, fruit juice and fruit
  • Coñac – Spanish brandy
  • Larios gin – Malaga gin
  • Ron – rum (produced in Spain on the coast east of Malaga)
  • Anis – clear aniseed, usually dry
  • Jerez – sherry
  • Jerez Fino – very dry sherry
  • Jerez Amontillado – medium dry sherry
  • Jerez Oloroso – sweet sherry
  • Malaga dulce – sweet dessert wine from Malaga province

Orujo – clear alcohol with a bite
Orujo de hierbas – sweet, green/yellow, version with a flowery taste
Ponche Caballero – sweet orange brandy liqueur
Pacharan – sloe fruit liqueur, excellent for settling the stomach
Manzana – apple liqueur
Amoretto – sweet almond liqueur
Muira – cherry liqueur

To have a smaller amount, order un chupito (shot glass), This is often the best way if you simply want to taste some of the above, as measures in Spain are at the discretion of the waiter and he is being kind if he fills a large glass to the brim!

Other useful terms
  • Un vaso de agua – a glass of water
  • Una copa de vino – a glass of wine
  • Con hielo – with ice
  • Sin hielo – without ice
  • Fria – cold
  • Natural – room temperature
  • Una lata – a can
  • Una botella – a bottle
  • Una caña – a stemmed glass
  • Un tubo – a tall straight glass
  • Una jarra – a jug
  • Una botella mas grande – a larger bottle
  • Una botella mas pequeña – a smaller bottle
  • Un chupito – small serving in a shot glass

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