Tinto de verano
|Primary alcohol by volume|
|Served||On the rocks; poured over ice|
|Standard garnish||lemon slice|
|Commonly used ingredients|
|Preparation||Mix and serve well chilled.|
Tinto de verano (literally "red wine of summer") is a cold, wine-based drink popular in Spain, and similar to sangria. The drink is simpler than sangria, and is normally made up of 1 part of table red wine and 1 part gaseosa (a general term for sodas and carbonated drinks). Proportions vary according to taste. The preferred mixer is a mild-flavored, low-sugar, carbonated lemonade, of which La Casera is the best known brand. Rum is sometimes added to the drink. It is served over ice, sometimes with a slice of lemon. Traditional-flavored gaseosa can be replicated with bitter lemon, or by mixing Sprite or 7-Up with carbonated water.
As the name suggests, tinto de verano is usually served during the summertime. It is often home-made, or bought ready-bottled from supermarkets. In the Costa del Sol and other Southern regions of Spain it is common for locals to drink tinto de verano as it is easy to make oneself, or has many variations of preprepared varieties for the same price as many cola drinks. Sangria is considered more commercial and "touristy" as it requires more time to make and is often sold in restaurants at a more expensive price, whereas tinto de verano is common at parties, festivals, and dive bars where drinks are affordable and consumed in volume.
Other varieties include red wine and lemon soda, red wine and orange soda, rosé wine with lemon or orange soda. The mix of red wine and cola is known as calimocho.
The drink has its origin in the early 20th century, when Federico Vargas created a mix of a red wine and soda pop for his patrons at Venta Vargas, off of El Brilliante in Cordoba, Spain. The drink which was at first called un Vargas but soon came to be known as Tinto de Verano.
Notes and references
- Tinto de verano - Spanish Wine Cocktail from spanishfood.about.com