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Fact: Sangria is not a thing in Spain. In some regions of Spain it is common for locals to drink Tinto de Verano while tourists drink Sangria.
What is Tinto de Verano?
Tinto de Verano is a refreshing drink similar to Sangria. However, there are fewer ingredients in this wine-based mixed drink making it much easier and quicker to put together. Tinto de Verano translates to red wine of summer. I recently got the pleasure of enjoying Tinto de Verano on my recent trip to Madrid. It was the first day of 70+ degree weather, people were out in the Plaza’s enjoying the evening sunshine, while kids played and adults enjoyed a drink and tapas. I was with my friends that had introduced me to this refreshing drink.
How to make Tinto de Verano
Tinto de Verano is a refreshing summer cocktail that originates from Spain. The name literally means “red wine of summer,” and the drink is traditionally made with red wine and carbonated lemonade. Tinto de Verano is perfect for enjoying on a hot summer day, and it’s easy to make at home with just a few ingredients. Simply combine equal parts red wine and lemonade in a glass, add ice, and enjoy! For a fun twist, try making Tinto de Verano with sparkling rosé or adding a splash of fruit juice. Whatever your preference, Tinto de Verano is sure to be a hit at your next summer gathering!
What does Tinto de Verano taste like?
Tinto de Verano has a light and refreshing taste, with the sweetness of the wine offset by the fizz of the sparkling water. The sweetness of the sparkling lemonade or lemon soda balances out the dryness of the red wine, resulting in a refreshing and flavorful beverage. Tinto de Verano is typically served over ice, making it the perfect drink for a hot summer day. It is easy to make at home and can be tailored to your own preferences.
What’s the Difference Between Tinto de Verano and Sangria?
Tinto de Verano and sangria are both refreshing, fruit-filled summer cocktails. But what’s the difference between the two? Tinto de Verano, which translates to “red wine of summer,” is a Spanish wine punch made with red wine and carbonated lemon-lime soda. Sangria, on the other hand, is a fruit-forward drink that originated in Portugal. It’s typically made with red wine, brandy, and fresh fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes. While Tinto de Verano is meant to be enjoyed as is, sangria is often served over ice. So whether you’re looking for a simple summer sipper or a more complex cocktail, these two drinks are sure to hit the spot.
What type of red wine is used in Tinto de Verano?
Ready to make your first pitcher? The type of wine that you use for Tinto de Verano doesn’t need to be anything fancy or expensive! Any old Spanish varietal will do, but traditionally Tinto de Verano is made with a red wine from the Rioja region. Rioja wines are typically dry, full-bodied, and have flavors of ripe fruits and oak. Try Garnacha if you want something with lower tannins that showcases rich flavors and great acidity like cherry pie filling. Tempranillo provides depth in color as well all around: lush textures from fruit inside out along side notes of Black cherries.
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