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Tinto de Verano Recipe

Try This Dead-Simple, Utterly Delicious Spin on Sangria

Spain's cheap variation of sangria, tinto de verano, is quite simply a red-wine spritzer. Refreshing and delicious, this concoction is my go-to drink when I'm in the mood for something light. This easily drinkable cocktail is a delightful alternative to beer and wine.

Choose a mixer that suits your taste buds (sparkling water, San Pelligrino Limonata, and Squirt are variations that I've made), and always garnish with a lemon wedge or wheel.

Photos: Nicole Perry
Tinto de Verano

Tinto de Verano

Tinto de Verano


  1. Red wine
  2. Lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite or San Pelligrino Limonata
  3. Sparkling water, optional
  4. Lemon wheel, for garnish


  1. Fill a large wineglass, goblet, or highball glass with ice.
  2. Fill with equal parts red wine and lemon-lime soda. Adjust to taste with sparkling water (to make it less sweet).
  3. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
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AndiO1225 AndiO1225 8 years
I'm living in Madrid and some places also put a splash of sweet Martini in it, and it is great.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
Sounds yummy and easy to make.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Now that's a CA drink! Wow, I need some red wine now. :)
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
Neat, I was already planning on having this at a party tonight!
alysun alysun 8 years
Yum. I am going to make this
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
With all of the beer snobbery happening a few posts back, the idea of a shandy probably won't go over well, but the refreshing lightness can be great on a summer day. Rather than mixing two parts wine to one part ginger ale, try a one to one mixture of lager and ginger ale.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
A true classic!
alikat07 alikat07 8 years
I'm definitely going to try this! A glass of red is always too heavy for me in the summer, so this will be a good alternative to white every time I drink.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Perfect for watching a sunset on the beach!
arihm arihm 8 years
It seems a little tacky, but I love a nice red wine/Fresca combo!
JLollie JLollie 8 years
Wow, been making this all summer - Squirt works well.
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