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.–David Leite

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

Tinto de Verano

4.67 / 9 votes
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.
David Leite
Servings1 drink
Calories150 kcal
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes


  • 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)


  • 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.


Serving: 1 drinkCalories: 150 kcalCarbohydrates: 15 gProtein: 1 gSodium: 17 mgSugar: 13 g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Photo © 2008 Fran Villena. All rights reserved.

About David Leite

I count myself lucky to have received three James Beard Awards for my writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    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

    1. Lovely to hear, Carol. Appreciate the heads up about calimocho! Slightly reminiscent of your cola upbringing, yes?

  2. 5 stars
    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. We, too, so appreciate the instant gratification of this sipper, Bonnie. Makes it dangerously easy, though, to go back for seconds…and thirds…