Today is one of those wonderful pre-spring days that make me rejoice in the fact that I am lucky enough to live in beautiful, sunny California. With the weather getting warmer and the days getting longer, I'm already craving drinks that are my summer standbys. One of my favorite cocktails, a much easier take on sangria, is a concoction they serve up in my home away from home, Andalucia (translation: Southern Spain). There you can order a tinto de verano, which literally means red wine of summer, in beach-side bars, plaza filled cafes, and hidden restaurants throughout the year, although it is most popular in summer. A refreshing mix of red wine and either limon (lemon flavored soda like fanta) or casera (seltzer water) tinto de verano is a great light substitute for coke or beer on a hot day. With its vibrant ruby color and fizzing effervesence, I prefer my tinto with limon and every sip is like a tiny trip back to Spain. Since you are mixing the wine with soda, opt for a cheaper bottle. For the recipe,
Tinto de Verano
cheap bottle of red wine
lemon slice for garnish
- Using your best long, skinny highball glass, fill with ice.
- Fill glass 2/3 full with red wine. Top with pellegrino limonata, lemon slice, and a straw.
Makes 1 drink.
Substitute: if you can not find pellegrino limonate use 7up, Sprite, lemonade, or sparkling water.