You’ve heard of Sangría, right? It’s the great summer/party drink that is fruity, easy and somewhat cheap to make and very tasty.
Sangría is traditionally made from red wine, with fruit soaked in brandy, juice and sparkling water. It is a drink many tourists order when they are looking for something refreshing and authentically Spanish on a hot summer day. However, locals are more likely to order a “tinto de verano” instead. What’s tinto de verano?
The name “Tinto de Verano” translates into English as “Red Wine of Summer.” As refreshing as sangría, minus the fruit and less alcohol. It has only 4 ingredients (that includes ice and lemon). It is sometimes served with a splash of rum, much like sangria often has a little brandy added for an extra kick.
Sangria is more likely to be prepared at home and rarely ordered in a bar. It’s considered more of a tourist drink, since bars can charge more for it since it’s more complex to prepare. Where as tinto de verano is simple and quick to prepare, so it’s available at summer fairs and festivals all over Spain, and it can even be purchased ready-made in bottles in the supermarket.
Below are recipes for both drinks to help make your summer be jolly and refreshing!
Note. this recipe makes 6-8 servings.
- 2 (750 ml) bottles red wine – any type
- 2 (12) oz cans 7-Up or any lemon-lime soda
- 2 oz triple sec (Curaçao liqueur, orange flavored)
- 1/2 cup of brandy
- 1/2 cup of sugar, (more if you like a sweeter drink)
- 1 orange, Sliced
- 2 lemons, Sliced
Slice the orange and lemons about 1/8 inch thick. Place in a large punch bowl or the largest mixing bowl you have. Add 1/2 cup of sugar and wine. Mix thoroughly to dissolve the sugar.
Add Triple Sec and Brandy and stir. (If you are making this ahead of time, don’t add the soda until your guests are about to arrive.) Add the 2 cans of soda and stir. Taste for sweetness. If needed, add more sugar. Make sure that the sugar is completely dissolved.
If you are serving from a bowl, add lots of ice to the bowl to chill completely. If you are serving in glasses, put lots of the ice in the glasses and then pour the sangria over the ice. You can also try making Sangría with white wine too.
“Tinto de verano” recipe
- 1/2 cup red wine (see serving suggestion below)
- 1/2 cup of soda of your choice. You like it sweet? Sprite or 7up works great. Locally in a Spanish bar you would order your tinto ‘con limon’ (with lemon-lime soda/fanta lemon) or ‘con casera’ (with soda), for those who do not like it too sweet.
- Slice of lemon (to taste)
In a glass, place 3-4 (or as many as you can fit) ice cubes. Add red wine and soda. Garnish with a lemon slice. Easy peasy, enjoy!