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The Teetotal Guide to Drinking in Spain

By Catherine McCulloch

If you're really trying to save money on your holiday this year, consider making it a dry one, as all those boozy drinks can really add up. In addition to saving money, you'll also have a clear head for sight seeing in addition to more time, making your trip that much more productive.

Not only will you save money, but you're less likely to pile on the pounds after your holiday as you won't be sipping on empty calories and as alcohol makes you hungry, you'll also eat less. You'll also have much more energy generally too.

Spain may be known for its full bodied red wine, lively cava and punchy sangria, but the country also has a number of traditional drinks that contain no alcohol at all. Take for example, horchata, which originated in the region of Valencia and is made from tiger-nuts, sugar and water. Another cold drink option is leche merenada, which is made with milk, cinnamon, sugar, lemon zest and egg whites. Once favoured by Madrilenos, it's still widely available in Spain. And in place of wine, Spaniards often choose mosto, which is made of pressed grapes but not allowed to ferment like wine.

With a variety of fruit juices on hand, the Spaniards are keen on their zumos with the most popular flavours including orange, peach and pineapple. If you'd rather something more reminiscent of your favourite cocktails, there are plenty of virgin ones on offer too.

And then there's alcohol-free beer, which is readily available at most bars and restaurants due to the strict drinking and driving laws throughout the country which called for a zero tolerance policy earlier this year. In Spain they call it 'cerveza sin'.

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