There’s an awful lot of red wine in Spain. That may be an obvious statement – one that didn’t really need saying – but combined with the burning heat of the Iberian Peninsula it does at least explain why the Spanish do so many different things with the stuff. A glass of good-quality Rioja always goes down a treat, but under the oppressive sun a few drops of sangria or Tinto de Verano can go a long way.
Less popular, internationally, than sangria, Tinto de Verano is less fruity and far simpler in its conception. Served “on the rocks” with a slice of lemon, it’s traditionally made using red wine and a soft drink called Gaseosa. Though Gaseosa is difficult (read: impossible) to get your hands on in Britain, there are other recipes that do just as good a job.
Not too sweet, tinto de verano is a truly refreshing red wine cocktail. Bearing that in mind, a popular way to make it is with lemonade/orange soda and soda water. Containing no sugar, soda water keeps the sweetness of the drink down, while the lemonade or orange soda complements the red wine surprisingly well.
The bottom line is that tinto de verano is a very quick and easy cocktail to knock up on a hot and humid summer’s day – enjoy. For another fantastic summer cocktail see my light and frugal recipe for Bellini Spritzers.
Tinto de Verano
- 400ml red wine, preferably a strong Rioja
- 200ml lemonade/orange soda
- 200ml soda water
- 4 slices of lemon
- Mix the three cocktail ingredients together in a large jug. Add 3-4 lumps of ice to each glass, serve and garnish with a slice of lemon.
Cost: Personally, I wouldn’t use a fantastic wine for a cocktail like this – something in the region of £3-4 should be adequate. With that in mind you should be able to replicate this refreshing recipe for tinto de verano for as little as £3.