Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Limonada of Mencía Prada a Tope: A Delicatessen in Easter week



Apellation: El Bierzo, León, España.
Producer: Prada a Tope  https://pradaatope.es/
Vintage 2019
 Variety: 100% Mencía                 
Elaboration: Wine drink Elaborated in an artisanal way, starting only and exclusively from natural ingredients, macerating the fresh fruit in the wine, to which a touch of sugar has previously been added.
Service Temperature: 9º- 10º C
Alcohol: 9,5ºC


At any time of the year there are certain culinary specialties that become part of the identity of that event, and in addition to the period, the place counts, since each corner has its own particular mark. In this case, we are going to deal with two typical foods of the Easter week in León, highly recommended in any time and place: limonade and torrijas.

Tasting:  It is a lemonade with a purplish color, clean and bright. On the nose, it is very fruity, highlighting mainly the notes of lemon and jams as well as cinnamon. In the end it is a sweet drink, but not cloying, and of great freshness, which is very sweet and easy to drink.
Not surprisingly, the typical Lemonade lemonade is a variation of the sangria, and it is basically made with red wine, sugar, cinnamon stick, natural lemon and also natural orange. Besides you can add other fruits, or raisins, but the essential are those ingredients. 8-10 €.


Pairing: Ideal as an aperitif or with desserts, but at Easter, the ideal is to take it with some good French toast. In this case, they are special, they are delicious homemade French toast made with rice drink, whole wheat bread and various spices. A toast to the cook, MJ Cortijo.
The ingredients to cook "torrijas": Tough bread, milk, egg, sugar, cinnamon, honey and other spices can be added. Fry in a pan with olive oil.




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