Quickie Wednesdays: Tinto de Verano

the two ingredients you need for the best summer drink ever

Chitlins, I have some solid advice for you. Don’t taste test 4 different ways to make a cocktail and then think the photos you take of the winner will turn out useable. Trust.

You may think you’re being “arty” and “creative” but really they’re just out of focus and make you feel dizzy when you look at them sober.

Anyhoodle. Tinto de Verano. Welcome to your new summer drink. The Spaniards really got their summer drinks down – tintos and sangria. Seriously easy sipping.

sip on this

I first had a tinto when I traveled to Spain with my mom and cousins far longer ago than I’d like to remember. I revisited this genius gem of a beverage when I returned to Spain on a grad school trip a few years ago. For the longest time I thought it was a particular variety of wine. Like some hybrid cousin of cava. You have no idea how disappointed I was every time I bought a bottle of tinto only to find out it wasn’t bubbly.

Then I realized it was a wine cocktail and I knew I had to make it at home. Guys, this is two ingredients (three if you count the ice cubes) to pure summer bliss. If I had a backyard I’d serve this at every single BBQ. For reals. Even red wine drinkers will love it (cue The BF – Oh my, this is delightful!).

Tinto de Verano
Serves: 1
  • 4 oz red table wine (medium bodied, inexpensive is best)
  • 4 oz sparkling lemonade (a little on the dry side)
  • ice cubes
  1. In a high ball glass add ice cubes and sparkling lemonade.
  2. Pour over red wine and give it a quick stir.
  3. Add a straw.
  4. Consume.
Don't go buying some fancy red wine that costs an arm and a leg. Your standard, easy drinking table wine is perfect for this. Heck, go buy yourself a bottle of two buck chuck, just don't get something super dry with a lot of body. You want something middle of the road. And make sure you buy sparkling lemonade. This is what really makes the drink shine.


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