I think it's fair to say that 2020 has not been the best year for travelling. But, the beauty of food and drinks is that it allows us to explore the world through our tastebuds. I've teamed up with Distillerie Mariana to offer you guys a cocktail hour around the world. Every week a new country to visit and new recipes to try. Using fresh and local products while exploring different cultures is definitely the best way to travel this summer and I hope you guys will love this series as much as I do.
A pioneer in the micro-distillery industry here in Quebec, Distillerie Mariana was founded in 2014 in Louiseville. They produce a long range of products from gins to rhums to even whiskeys. Their first product, Canopée, a forest gin, explains why they chose « Mariana » as their name. Derived from the latin term black spruce, Mariana was chosen to symbolize the distinguished flavors of their first creation and to symbolize the beauty of the nature surrounding Quebec! Their goal is to make us discover the beauty of our territory while respecting our surroundings.
As we begin this adventure, our first destination is Spain. Home of the classic Sangria and many tapas to enjoy under the European Sunset. Definitely one of my favorite countries with lovely sceneries and great food.
Have you ever been to Spain if you haven't enjoyed a refreshing Sangria on a beautiful terrace? Sangria which translate to blood in Spanish originates from the idea of using red wine to create this lovely cocktail. But wherever you go, the recipe for a Sangria is never the same. Today pretty much any imaginable version exist from a bubbly sangria to even a blue one. We decided to go more traditional with our recipe but trust me when I say it's a real crowd pleaser!
Compared to classics we know in the distillery industry, Distillerie Mariana's products have such a unique dept of flavor that adds so much to a cocktail! In this case, I used the Morbleu, their spiced rhum, which adds an exotic touch to the sangria, and I also used the Zeste which adds freshness and bitterness to balance the sweetness of the orange juice.
*It is best to prepare the Sangria a couple of hours in advance
One thing you will definitely find anywhere in Spain is tapas. Commonly known as small sharing plates, tapas has become a very popular dinning experience. Although the history of the word "Tapa" is still not confirmed, it has become popular worldwide. When thinking of Spain, one tapas comes to mind: Patatas Bravas. Originating from Madrid in the 1540s, patatas bravas take their name from the heat and spices present in the sauce. Each region of Spain has their own way of cooking their patatas as some include peppers and paprika while others don't, we have decided to create our own homemade version.
For the potatoes
Bonne Appetit and Safe Travels!
July 23, 2020