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What in the heck is a Tinto de Verano, you ask? Well, it’s lovely Spanish wine cocktail, similar to sangria (but simpler). And since most of us aren’t taking a trip to Spain this year, the least we can do is enjoy a refreshing Tinto de Verano before the weather cools off.
Tinto de Verano is a cold, red wine drink normally made of one part red wine and one part lemon lime soda. In Spain, the mixer is usually Fanta Limón (lemon Fanta). But depending on your preference for sweetness, you can use Sprite, 7-Up, or even a mixture of lemonade and soda water. (I usually go for a sugar-free soda.) As long as it’s sweet, fizzy, and lemony, the result will be delicious. It’s served over ice and garnished with fruit.
What’s the Difference Between Tinto de Verano and Sangria?
Tinto de Verano is simpler to make than sangria as it has fewer ingredients. But it has a very similar vibe. And you can certainly add chopped up fresh fruit to make it more festive and sangria-like.
You Don’t Need To Use Fancy Wine
So you’re ready to make your first pitcher. But what exactly is the best red wine for to use? Well it doesn’t need to be anything fancy or expensive. Any red table wine will do, but the most authentic versions will use a Spanish red such as:
Garnacha (grenache grown in Spain) generally has lower tannins, showcases rich red fruits, and has great acidity.
Tempranillo, another Spanish varietal, provides a deep hue; lush texture; and notes of black cherries, blackberries, and cola. Choose tempranillos labeled as “Crianza” or “Joven” to avoid a heavily oaked flavor.
Primitovo or Zinfandel – Iterations of the same grape, primitivo (from Italy) and zinfandel (grown mostly in California) are excellent for sangria. The wines usually exhibit rich, jammy fruits, accented with spice and floral notes.
What to Serve with Tinto de Verano
Tapas (small appetizers) are the ideal accompaniment for Tinto de Verano. I also really like serving a pitcher of this drink at brunch or at a summer BBQ. Here are some yummy suggested accompaniments: