Tinto de Verano is a refreshing wine-based summer drink from Spain. It is somewhat similar to Sangría but contains fewer ingredients and is more simple to mix. Although Tinto de Verano may be less known around the globe, it is even more common and popular in Spain than the world-famous Sangría. While Tinto de Verano is a cheap beverage to get at bars or to prepare for parties, Sangría is considered a more high quality drink and is often associated with tourists which makes it a lot more expensive.
The name of the drink means summer red wine (from vino tinto = red wine) as it is a fruity mix of red wine and ‘gaseosa’ (carbonated lemonade) which is primarily consumed during the hot summer months. The wine blend is highly refreshing and can be more easily tolerated in the Spanish heat than undiluted red wine.
There are two common versions of soda used for the drink – ‘Casera’, a popular clear lemon soda from Spain or the light-yellow Fanta Lemon. While the one with Casera (or a similar lemonade like Sprite or 7UP) is rather clear with a more crisp taste, the Fanta version has a more smooth and fruity flavour.
In Spain, Tinto de Verano can be found in almost every bar or restaurant where it is usually freshly made. Of course, there are also ready bottled mixes that can be bought in supermarkets but as they often contain artificial sweeteners, it is always a better idea to prepare the simple drink from scratch.
And of course you don’t have to be in Spain to simply try it for yourself:
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