The name “Tinto de Verano” translates into English as “Red Wine of Summer.” It is a refreshing wine cocktail served in the summer all over Spain. Although similar to sangria, it is easier to make and has less alcohol in it, ideal for sipping on a hot afternoon at a pool party or at the beach.
Although the Spanish use what they call “gaseosa” or “Casera,” which is a lightly sweetened soda, you can use any lemon-lime soda. If it is too sweet for your taste, add a splash of soda water or seltzer.
It is not important what variety of red wine you use in this cocktail. A good rule to follow when it comes to wine-based punches and cocktails is this: If you wouldn’t want to drink the wine by itself in a glass, then don’t use it in a punch or cocktail. You don’t have to use your best wine, but using a decent table wine will prevent you from having a bad hangover.
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 1/2 cup lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite or 7-Up
- Slice of lemon
- In a tall glass of at least 20 ounces, place 3 to 4 ice cubes.
- Add red wine and soda.
- Garnish with a lemon slice.