Food & Drink

The truth about siesta

It is Sunday in Barcelona.

You just came out of the Sagrada Familia after being the whole morning standing in a line. Now it´s 1:00 pm and everything seems to be closed for siesta. Stores do not open again until 5:00 pm. Damn it! What are you supposed to do until then?  Easy. Become a local for few hours and do what every average Catalan does on a Sunday around 1:00 pm: keep calm and go for a vermut!

Anar a fer el vermut means to have a drink & an appetizer before lunch, either at home or in a bar. No matter if you are old or young, going for a vermut is never out of fashion.

The ultimate vermut drink is of course the Vermouth (unless you are underage, in that case you may want to drink soda) and should be accompanied by some snack, such as olives, chips or any kind of savoury tapa that will keep you alive until lunch. Don’t worry if you are having a beer instead, as long as it is before lunch, you will still be doing a vermut. Just remember that the idea is to socialize over a drink or two, and not to get wasted.

If you are around the Sagrada Familia for real, then you should definitely head to Casa Mariol (Rosselló, 442) to try their artisan Vermouth. Honestly, we loved it from the moment we saw the bottle.

By following this tradition, you will soon understand the meaning of all those idle hours in the middle of the day. There isn’t much time left anymore to wander around. After the vermut is over, just go and have a nice lunch followed by a 30 min nap. Before you realize it is already 5 o’clock and you can finally go shopping!

Not in Barcelona? no problem, you can make your very own hora del vermut at home. Pay attention:



  • 3/4 cup of Vermouth*
  • 1/4 cup cold sparkling water
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1 orange slice
  • 1 toothpicks
  • 1 green olive, boneless

* For a true catalan taste we recommend to use Casa Mariol Vermouth, however, any other dark and slightly sweet Vermouth will work, Martini Rosso or Cinzano for instance.


  1. Put the ice cubes and the orange slice on the nicest glass you got.
  2. Add Vermouth to taste and fill up the glass with cold sparkling water.
  3. Stab an olive with the toothpick for garnish.
  4. Serve with olives, chips or other more elavorated tapas.