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How to make the best tinto de verano

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Taste of Summer Tinto de Verano II

Tinto de Verano is a great summer cocktail. A refreshing drink when you are thirsty when it is hot but also if you want to extend that summer feeling.

Today I am showing you how to make a simple Spanish cocktail that everyone can make. Want to learn how to make the best Tinto de Verano. Let’s get started!

Taste of Summer Tinto de Verano overhead

A couple of weeks ago I showed you a great summer cocktail with this coconut sugar caipirinha which is a delicious drink.

Today we have something different, something light. What is the national drink in Spain? Sangria right? Well, I dare to doubt that.

Sangria might just be the drink that every tourist gets served but not the locals. A couple of years ago when we played a great golf course in the south of Spain.

We saw just about everyone having a drink that looked like Sangria but wasn’t Sangria. So we asked about the drink and we were told it was called tinto de verano.

Tinto because it is made with red wine and Verano because it is a summer drink. This drink is that little bit of sunshine that will brighten your day.

You have to try it and will understand why this is the summer drink of Spain.

Tinto de Verano ingredients

Simple recipes are the best and this drink is no exception.

To make a tinto de verano you only need the following ingredients:

  • Red wine
  • Sprite lemon
  • Pellegrino
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional: Vermouth

Taste of Summer Tinto de Verano ingredients

How to make tinto de verano

It is ultra easy to make tinto de verano and only requires 3 ingredients. You start with a large glass and add ice cubes to the rim.

Then you add about ⅓ of red wine. Don’t choose an expensive wine. Take a wine that costs no more than  10 dollars.

The wine I used today, Schoondael is a South African wine, that is great to drink as a dinner wine but also works great in this Tinto de Verano.

You can also use a traditional Spanish Rioja or a Tempranillo.  Choose a full-bodied dry wine, that is what is used in tinto de verano.

It will get sweet enough with all the other ingredients. But if you are more into a sweet red wine that will work just fine as well.

Taste of Summer Tinto de Verano portrait

Tinto de Verano needs a little pop preferably with a lemon flavor. In Spain, they either make it with fizzing water (aqua con gaz) or Fanta lemon.

As Fanta lemon has a lot of calories, I use Sprite lemon and Pellegrino water (to not make it to sweet). 

You can also use Pellegrino limonate but that is not available here. Fill the glass with ⅓ of Sprite lemon.

If you do not like your drink too sweet complete the glass with ⅓ of Pellegrino. Add a slice of lemon to the drink or a slice of orange to decorate the drink.

If you really want to spice it up you can also add a splash of Vermouth. Serve with a straw and you are ready to serve your Spanish cocktail.

When I was making the drink the sky was overcast but as soon as I started photographing these drinks the sun came out (I kid you not).

Now tell me, doesn’t this drink give you a Summer feeling? Saludos!

Taste of Summer Tinto de Verano portrait left

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Taste of Summer Tinto de Verano

Serves: 2 Prep Time: 2 minutes Cooking Time: 2 minutes
Taste of Summer Tinto de Verano II

Looking for the best summer cocktail? Try this Spanish tinto de verano. It is fresh and tasty. This Spanish drink is even more populair than Sangria!


  • ⅔ glass red wine
  • ⅔ glass Sprite lemon
  • ⅔ glass Pellegrino
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional: Vermouth


  1. Take two glass
  2. Fill the glasses to the rim with ice cubes
  3. Fill the wine glasses with ⅓ of wine
  4. Then add about ⅓ of Sprite lemon per glass
  5. Add ⅓ of Pellegrino if you do not like it to sweet
  6. Optional: If you want to spice up this drink add a splash of Vermouth


If you like it sweet just make the recipe ½ a glass of wine and ½ glass of Sprite lemon.

Nutrition facts

Calories: 152; Fat: 0g; Carbs; 32.7g; Protein: 0g;

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