Diary of a Spanglish Girl – What you need to know about beach cocktails

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STREET VENDORS: Lauren enjoying a safe cocktail. ©Lauren Bate

Introducing Lauren, a 20-something, engaged, English girl living on the Costa Blanca who is obsessed with travel, love and elephants.

She writes a regular blog about her life and RTN will be sharing some of her thoughts and ideas with readers on a regular basis. In this edition, Lauren talks about the danger of some beach cocktails in Benidorm.

NOTHING says summer like sipping a cocktail in the sun, kicking back, relaxation mode on.

That’s if you do it right, as in my photo, enjoying a beautiful San Francisco in Fuxion Gastro Bar.

Do it wrong and you could end up spending the rest of your holiday with your head down the toilet, or hospitalised.

Not quite summer goals or summer vibes. Don’t put your life at risk for an ‘instagrammable’ beach photo this year.

It’s not worth it.

The cocktails sold on the highly popular Levante beach front, and recently even as far as Poniente, are made in the most gut-wrenching of ways.

Would you eat at a restaurant that was given a one star from the Food Standards Agency? I’m guessing not.

What if I told you, that these cocktails wouldn’t even reach one star?

These street vendors create the cocktails in the most awful of ways. They have been known to wash fruit where you wash your feet on the beach, yes really.

Using toilet water as a substitute for water. They’ve even been known to chop up the ingredients on cardboard boxes, once lived in by stray cats. Yum.

They fill their cocktails with fruit that has gone mouldy out in the sun and use old, dirty cutlery.

Plus, you guessed it, they don’t wash their hands.

These drinks are then sold off to naive tourists for around €5. No cheaper than a decent cocktail in a real bar.

The street vendor may try to convince you that they are working alongside a local beachfront bar. This is incorrect.

Police are actively patrolling the beachfront in an effort to crack down on this illegal business.

The mayor of Benidorm, Toni Perez, reported that he was considering allowing beachfront bars to sell on the beach in an effort to crack down on the current issues.

However, there hasn’t been any news of this being passed yet!

So, if you’re wanting a decent cocktail, go to a beachfront bar. Sit out and enjoy the view and then head back to the beach.

Some places may even offer cocktails ‘para llevar.’ If they advertise this, then you’re sure you can have a takeaway cocktail!

If not, you could always ask and see if they do it!

Stay safe this summer.

Don’t compromise your health for a photo on social media.

To check out more of Lauren’s blog entries, visit www.diaryofaspanglishgirl.com 

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