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Spanish Lesson: Bebidas En España

Learn about some typical drinks you might find in Spain — in Spanish!
Spanish Lesson: Bebidas En España

Learning Spanish is about much more than memorizing vocabulary. In each Spanish Lesson, we explore a part of the vast Spanish-speaking world with texts designed for beginner (A2) Spanish learners. Reading the following means you’re able to…

  • order food or drink using basic expressions.

Read on to learn about bebidas en España. And if you get stuck on any of the bolded terms, you can scroll down to la lista de vocabulario, which will guide you along. You can also listen along to a recording of the story, read by a native Spanish speaker.

Bebidas En España

La comida española es conocida en todo el mundo: las tapas, el jamón serrano, la paella… Pero, ¿conoces algunas bebidas españolas? 

El vino español es conocido internacionalmente. España produce vino tinto, vino blanco y vino rosado. Cada región española tiene un vino típico. Los vinos más conocidos son los vinos rioja, hechos en la comunidad autónoma de La Rioja. La expresión “irse de vinos” significa que te encuentras con tus amigos o familia para tomar algunas copas de vino.

¿Sabes qué es la sangría? La sangría está hecha con vino, pero también con zumo de frutas, licor, gaseosa y mucho azúcar. Es una bebida muy conocida entre los turistas, pero realmente los españoles no beben mucha sangría en su día a día

Pero no todas las bebidas populares en España tienen alcohol

La horchata es una bebida refrescante hecha con chufas, agua y azúcar. La chufa es un tubérculo, crece bajo tierra, y es similar a las avellanas. El origen de la horchata está en Valencia y sobre todo se bebe en primavera y en verano.

¿Te gusta el café? ¡Entonces tienes que probar el café bombón! El café bombón está hecho con café espresso y con leche condensada. Se sirve en un vaso pequeño. ¡Es un café muy dulce!

¡Con alcohol o sin alcohol España tiene muchos tipos de bebidas para quitar la sed! ¡Salud!

Lista de vocabulario — Vocab list

Palabras Temáticas — Thematic words

  • tapas — tapas, snack in Spanish cuisine
  • jamón serrano — serrano ham
  • paella — rice dish that can have meat, fish, seafood, and vegetables 
  • bebida — drink
  • vino tinto — red wine
  • vino blanco — white wine
  • vino rosado — rosé
  • vino típico — typical wine
  • copa — wine glass
  • sangría — traditionally consists of red wine and chopped fruit, often with other ingredients or spirits
  • zumo de frutas — fruit juice
  • licor — liquor
  • gaseosa — soda
  • azúcar — sugar
  • turistas — tourists
  • alcohol — alcohol
  • horchata — beverage made with soaked, ground, and sweetened tiger nuts
  • bebida refrescante — soft drink
  • chufas — tiger nuts
  • tubérculo — tuber
  • similar — similar
  • avellana — hazelnut
  • origen — origin
  • primavera — spring
  • verano — summer
  • café bombón — type of coffee drink that includes espresso mixed with sweetened condensed milk in a one-to-one proportion
  • leche condensada — condensed milk
  • vaso — glass
  • dulce — sweet

Verbos — Verbs

  • conocer — to know
  • producir — to produce
  • crecer bajo tierra — to grow underground
  • se sirve en — served in

Expresiones — Expressions

  • irse de vinos — go for a few glasses of wine
  • día a día — day-to-day
  • quitar la sed — to quench somebody’s thirst
  • ¡Salud! — Cheers!

Elementos culturales — Cultural elements 

  • comunidad autónoma — autonomous community. In Spain, an autonomous community is a first-level political and administrative division with the aim of guaranteeing limited autonomy of the nationalities and regions that make up Spain.
  • La Rioja — autonomous community in the north of the Iberian Peninsula. The region is well known for its wines.
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Paula Fernández Gómez
Paula Fernández grew up in Barcelona speaking Spanish, Catalan and German. After completing a Master's Degree in Publishing, she moved to Berlin to live new adventures. Since 2010 she's been working as a translator and Spanish teacher to bilingual children, and now she works for Babbel. Paula could not live without her bicycle, her books and without, from time to time, having an aperitif next to the Mediterranean sea.
Paula Fernández grew up in Barcelona speaking Spanish, Catalan and German. After completing a Master's Degree in Publishing, she moved to Berlin to live new adventures. Since 2010 she's been working as a translator and Spanish teacher to bilingual children, and now she works for Babbel. Paula could not live without her bicycle, her books and without, from time to time, having an aperitif next to the Mediterranean sea.

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