Another popular wine cocktail found in Spain is Calimocho, which is the same idea, but mixes red wine and cola. I have to admit I didn’t try the Calimocho, because I’d read an article in the New York Times about the drink a few weeks earlier, and thought, "but why?” In all honesty, I initially had the same thought about Tinto de Verano. But after a few hours of sightseeing in Seville in 40 ºC (104 ºF) temps, I found it to be the perfect drink to enjoy on a hot afternoon; its low alcohol content is thirst-quenching, but not buzz-inducing.
I don’t know if I’ll be making Tinto de Verano now that I’m home; I’m content to enjoy a pink wine of summer. During those sweltering afternoons in Seville, however, Tinto de Verano was the way to go.