For those who have been to Spain in the summer, you are likely familiar with Tinto de Verano, Spain’s summertime drink. It’s far more ubiquitous, apparently, than Sangria. I say all of this secondhand as I’ve never been to Spain.
However, I recently saw a recipe for Tinto De Verano in the New York Times and mentioned it to a few friends. Each had pretty much the same reaction: 1) a faraway look in their eyes 2) a smile of satisfaction appeared 3) a “oh, thank you for the memory” was expressed.
With such reactions, I knew I needed to make this very easy cocktail and try it for myself.
My daughter, who spent a semester in Europe, and was very familiar with the drink from her time there, helped me out and we came up with the perfectly easy, and quick-to-make, summer drink that apparently all of Spain is making as well!
We taste-tested four different, but similar versions. All of them had about 50% red wine. Then, two of them had equal parts Sprite. The other two had equal parts sparkling lemonade. All had a splash of club soda. Then, one of the Sprite ones and one of the sparkling lemonade ones had a splash of sweet vermouth added. All were topped with a slice of lemon.
Each was really tasty which is weird to say as why would red wine taste good with Sprite or sparkling lemonade?!
But, the winner was the one with sparkling lemonade and sweet vermouth.
The differences in taste between all four were minor. This is a winner of a drink, no matter how you make it!
And, you can also make a pitcher of this cocktail to serve at a gathering – pretty simple, huh?
And, while the recipe below has this recipe made in bulk, to serve from a pitcher, feel free to make individual drinks and just eyeball the amounts: about 50% red wine (we used a Spanish Garnacha), 50% citrus soda, splash of club soda, splash of sweet vermouth, slice of lemon, served over ice. Easy peasy.
Tinto de Verano
- 1 bottle chilled red wine 750ml We used a Spanish Garnacha
- 4 bottles sparkling lemonade by Fever Tree (These are 6.8 oz each) Use Sprite, or another brand, as you wish. But you want to have at least 750 ml or 25 ounces
- 1 bottle Fever Tree club soda (6.8 ounces) You can use any club soda. Fever Tree's bottle just happens to be a good serving for this!
- 1/2 cup sweet vermouth
- lemons, cut into thin circles
- Fill a pitcher with chilled wine, chilled sparkling lemonade, 6-8 ounces of club soda, and the sweet vermouth. This is a 50/50 mixture of wine to sparkling lemonade (or any citrus soda, like Sprite).
- Stir and then pour into wine or cocktail glasses filled to the top with ice.
- Add a garnish of a slice of lemon on top.
Looking for more wine cocktails? Try this peach basil spritzer, courtesy of The Peach Truck.