Drinks with personality for special occasions
The consumption of spirits is traditionally linked to celebrations. To meeting with friends and family. To special occasions. But there are flavours and artisanal drinks in Málaga that are enjoyed during the whole year. One of the artisanal liqueurs from Málaga is the ‘resoli’. This drink has a slight note of anisette and coffee. It is normally drunk in Málaga by itself or with ice after meals as to help digest food.
Altough it is a drink consummed during the whole year, it is specially popular with handmade sweets during Christmas or Holy Week. The village of Alfarnate is know for the artisanal craft and manufacturing this drink with no artificitial additives. Among the most used ingredients we can find anise, coffee, spices like cinnamon, clove or nuts and citrics like lemon or orange zest. The ‘mistela’ is another popular spirit drink in Málaga. In some places, it is as equally important as the resoli. Nothing could be further from the truth. They are two totally different spirits. Traditionally, mistela has been a sweet liqueur made with alcohol and grape must. However, the variety of mistela from Málaga is made with brandy, sugar and an a spice and aromatic plant infusion. The recipe of mistela is an unsual one.
Every village and every family in Málaga make it differently, using different ingredients and in different proportions. In Arriate, for example, it is common to make mistela with spices and caramel but with no alcohol at all, so this drink can be consummed by every one. As with resoli, mistela is very frequently drunk in Holy Week or Christmas to help digest food and with handmade sweets and desserts.
Gin, the queen of spirits from Málaga
If there is a rooted ‘made in Málaga’ spirit, that is gin. Gin from Málaga has earned a place in gourmet marks thanks to premium brands. It is a drink with personality in which each flavour is special for every occasion. Gin from Málaga are 100% local products made mostly with local cereals and citrics grown in Axarquía.