Tinto de Verano

Tinto de verano, which loosely translates as “summer red wine” in Spanish, is a cooling and not too intoxicating drink to have on a hot day. Red wine, preferably Spanish, is mixed with Sprite or 7-Up and poured over ice. Ahhhhhh.

Tall glass of tinto de verano, a read wine with Sprite, and ice cubes

There’s one unquestionable way to stand out as a tourist in Spain. Order sangria. Natives, on the other hand, tend to gravitate toward an alternate cocktail that’s just as much a classic. Known as Tinto de Verano, it’s essentially a wine spritzer made from equal parts red wine and gaseosa, or lightly sweetened lemon-lime soda, sorta the Spanish equivalent of Sprite or 7-Up. Tinto de Verano is far less boozy and slightly less expensive than that other, more commonly chugged Spanish libation. Though it doesn’t always make an appearance on cocktail menus, trust us, it’s there. And it’s worth getting to know. Originally published July 15, 2010.Renee Schettler Rossi

Tinto de Verano

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  • 5 M
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  • Serves 1 cooly

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 1/2 cup red wine, any red wine, although preferably something from Spain
  • 1/2 cup lightly sweetened carbonated lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite or 7-Up
  • Slice of lemon (optional)

Directions

  • 1. Toss a few ice cubes into a tall glass. Pour in the red wine and then add the soda. Toss in the lemon slice, if desired. Sip leisurely.

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Comments

  1. My husband and I were in Spain last fall visiting our daughter. This was the drink of choice! So light and tasty! Perfect summer refreshment (and easier than sangria)!

    1. Hi Bonnie, I recently rediscovered this drink and have fallen in love with it. I am a die hard red wine drinker and a splash of soda on a hot, sticky day turns my glass of red into a refreshing summer cooler. Enjoy!

  2. Hi Renee,
    We discovered both tinto de verano and its Basque cousin, calimocho, while visiting friends in Mexico City. Calimocho calls for equal(ish) parts of red wine and cola. It’s a good way to refresh without getting a summertime heat-and-alcohol headache.

    Cheers! Carol

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