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Tinto de Verano Recipe

Hey folks, in case you couldn’t tell, I really don’t plan to write too much about my trip to Europe on this blog because this is basically a recipe and culture blog, and I have little in the way of that type of information from our trip. However, I do have one special recipe that I am happy to bring to you today. This is a delicious drink that I couldn’t get enough of in Madrid – Tinto de Verano. This Tinto de Verano recipe is one that I’ve created in celebration of my friend Gabrielle returning from Spain. I’m so glad she’s back in New Orleans!

Tinto de Verano Recipe - an easy cocktail recipe with red wine and lemonade soda.
Let’s start by explaining what Tinto de Verano is. It’s basically red wine with a mild lemonade-like soda. They’re mixed together in equal parts and served over ice. Except that this is but one version of the recipe. It’s the proportions I got from Wikipedia, but when we were in Madrid, we saw people make the Tinto de Verano many different ways. It didn’t seem like there was a standard recipe at all. I guess that’s like many of the drinks we have here in the US. Let’s take as an example the margarita. Sure, there’s a standard recipe for it, but there are also thousands of variations on that recipe. I love it when something can be personalized to suit personal tastes.

Tinto de Verano Recipe - an easy cocktail recipe with red wine and lemonade soda.
I want to back up a minute and talk a little more about my friend Gabrielle. I met her nearly eight years ago when we both worked at Raising Cane’s (a regional chicken restaurant chain). We became really good friends over time, and I have even adopted her as my “little sister.” I do love that girl. Below is a picture of us in Madrid. Our trip to Europe was totally built around visiting with her in Madrid. We had such a great time.

Addie & Gabrielle in Madrid
Life in Madrid is actually not so different from life in New Orleans. People love life and often experience it via the filter of food and or drinks. Sounds pretty familiar! I think where Madrid has us beat is with the whole “siesta” thing. Taking a 2-3 hour break in the afternoon sounds just divine to me! Since people in Madrid do participate in siesta, it’s lent to the culture and lifestyle a pace that’s more late-night focused. It is common for people to be eating dinner at 10pm or later. Apparently they know you’re a tourist when you’re having dinner at 6pm.

Tinto de Verano Recipe - an easy cocktail recipe with red wine and lemonade soda.
Another wonderful thing about Madrid is the fact that they do tapas. Some places will sell you little tapas plates ranging with items from patatas bravas to fried calamari. But other places, namely bars, will actually give people food gratis so that they can stay and drink longer. We went to several bars where we’d get a small plate of food every time ordered a round of drinks. Of course, Gabrielle and I were drinking Tinto de Verano most places. It was so delicious and tasty, I just couldn’t bring myself to drink anything else.

Tinto de Verano Recipe - an easy cocktail recipe with red wine and lemonade soda.

Now let’s talk about the Tinto de Verano itself. You’ll see below in the recipe that I suggest using a fruity red wine. Of course it’s best if the wine is Spanish since this is a Spanish drink. Grape varietal suggestions include Rioja, Tempranillo, or Grenache. A blend of Tempranillo and Grenache has become a popular choice among Spanish wines. You can really use any lighter, fruity wine for this drink. There really aren’t too many rules in this game. Also: don’t buy something expensive. Cheap wine is probably best since you’re going to be diluting it with lemonade-soda.

Tinto de Verano Recipe - an easy cocktail recipe with red wine and lemonade soda.
One final word on how the Spanish drink. Gabrielle told us that people in Spain don’t actually drink sangria. Especially not in restaurants. It’s basically something that’s served to tourists, and if you really want to get a little more “authentic,” you should drink the Tinto de Verano. It literally means “wine of the summer” so it’s a great light refreshing drink. You can even buy it already mixed in bottles the size of beer bottles (see below.)

Tinto de Verano Recipe - an easy cocktail recipe with red wine and lemonade soda.
Before I made this batch to photograph for publication, I hadn’t had Tinto de Verano since our time in Madrid about three weeks ago. It was just as delicious as I remembered it. Normally, I’m not a huge wine drinker, especially not red wine. But the lemonade soda really cuts through the harshness of the red wine. If you can find it, use a specialty lemonade soda like San Pellegrino’s Limonata soda. This drink is only supposed to be slightly sweet so while using something like Sprite soda is acceptable, it may be a tad too sweet for some people. I suggest staying away from diet soda. It really just doesn’t seem right mixed with wine… Just my two cents!

Tinto de Verano Recipe - an easy cocktail recipe with red wine and lemonade soda.
What about you – have you tried Tinto de Verano before? How likely are you to add this to your home drinking rotation? I know it’s something I’ll totally be drinking more often. Let me know your opinion in the comments section below. I’d love to know what you think!

Yield: 1 cocktail

Tinto de Verano Recipe

This tinto de verano recipe is simple and delicious. With equal parts red wine and lemonade soda, you can't go wrong here. Cool, refreshing and wonderful.

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Fill glass 3/4 full with ice. Add wine and Limonata soda.
  2. Stir gently and enjoy!

Prep:5 min

Total:5 min

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