Tinto de verano  
 

 

 

Tinto de Verano or Tinto Verano is a refreshing wine based cocktail similar to sangria which is very popular in Andalucia and Gibraltar. The name is Spanish and translates as red wine of summer. As the name suggests it is commonly drunk in summer. It is very refreshing, and is commonly served in beachside chiringuitos. It is also often home-made, or indeed bought ready-bottled from supermarkets. In the costa del sol it is common for locals to drink tinto verano while tourists drink sangria.

Recipe:

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 1/2 litre of lemonade
  • Lots of ice
  • Garnish with a twist of lemon
  • Optionally, a few shots of a spirit such as rum, or sometimes vermouth or cointreau

Method:

  • Pour the wine and lemonade into a pitcher and throw in lots of ice. If you feel like a stronger drink, add a shot of rum, or a vermouth such as martini. Pour into tall glasses and garnish with a twist of lemon.

Notes:

  • The wine should be full bodied, but does not need to be expensive. A cheap tempranillo will do.
  • The lemonade used should not be too sweet or taste strongly of lemon, but rather should be as close as possible to Spanish gaseosa or casera. This is basically carbonated water with a hint of artificial lemon flavouring and a hint of artificial sweetener. A stronger or sweeter lemonade such as fanta, or traditional Americal lemonade will not do. If this kind of lemonade is unavailable, it can be replaced with carbonated water some sugar and a little lemon. Sprite would work, though it is not ideal, diet or lite sprite would work well.