Tinto de Verano: Spanish Wine Cocktail

Tinto de Verano
coupleinthekitchen / Twenty20
  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 Serving
Ratings (31)

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.

What You'll Need

  • Ice
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite or 7-Up
  • Slice of lemon

How to Make It

  1. In a tall glass of at least 20 ounces, place 3 to 4 ice cubes.
  2. Add red wine and soda.
  3. Garnish with a lemon slice.