Jul 24, 2013

Wine Wednesday: Tinto de Verano

Tinto de Verano is a refreshing wine cocktail served all over Spain during the season
A few weeks ago while in Spain, I was introduced to Tinto de Verano. Literally translated, Tinto de Verano is the red wine of summer ("tinto" is Spanish for red wine) and is a refreshing wine cocktail served all over Spain during the season.

Though similar to sangria, Tinto de Verano - a beverage, which originated as a way to sweeten slightly tart bodega wine - has less alcohol and is easier to make, since there’s no fruit-chopping involved. You simply combine red wine with lemon or orange soda and voilà. For those who find Tinto de Verano too sweet, just add a splash of sparkling water or seltzer to dilute it a bit.

A wine beverage that combines red wine with lemon or orange soda.

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.