How to Make Tinto de Verano (Spanish Wine Cocktail)
Tinto de Verano, which literally means "summer red wine," is a cold, wine-based drink popular in Spain during the summertime. It is often homemade or bought ready bottled in supermarkets. It is perfect for those who appreciate wine and want to enjoy its taste despite the high temperatures. Since this is a cocktail, be aware that its taste may change depending on the characteristics of the wine you choose. This drink is a great option to try not only on its own, but also to serve at parties, especially at outdoor summer gatherings.
In this oneHOWTO article, we will explain how to make Tinto de Verano step by step. We will also explain the difference between Tinto de Verano and Sangria.
When choosing ingredients for Tinto de Verano, it is better to choose a young wine, preferably Tempranillo. Tempranillo is a black grape variety commonly grown in its native Spain to make full-bodied red wines.
You can easily adjust the quantities of this recipe, just remember that the ratio should be 50:50 (wine and soda).
Take the pitcher in which you will serve the Tinto de Verano and fill it halfway with ice. The wine and soft drinks should also be chilled beforehand, so that they can stay fresh longer.
Cut the lemon and orange into small pieces and add them to the jug.
Pour in equal parts red wine and lemon soda. If you prefer, you can substitute lemon soda for soda or lemonade. You can reduce the calories in this drink by substituting lemon soda for natural lemon juice. Mix everything well before serving.
Optionally, you can also add an inch of Vermouth to the jug to give it a special touch. Vermouth is a flavored fortified wine that is flavored and sometimes colored with various plants (roots, barks, flowers, seeds, herbs, and spices).
What is the difference between Sangria and Tinto de Verano?
Although they are sometimes confused, they are two different drinks. Both were created as a remedy for the heat of the hottest summer days, but their origins and composition have nothing to do with each other.
Despite the fact that both drinks are made with wine, everything else is different. While Tinto de Verano is a cocktail that contains lemon soda and a lot of ice, the preparation of Sangria is more complex. Sangria is prepared with a touch of liqueur, cut fruits and sugar. Therefore, the flavors are quite different. Tinto de Verano has a sour note and tastes more like alcohol, while sangria is sweet and soft in the mouth. Consequently, Tinto de Verano tends to be cheaper than Sangria.
Now that you have learned this simple recipe for Tinto de Verano, here we will show you other recipes for refreshing alcoholic drinks that may interest you:
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- How to make a Bloody Mary
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- How to make strawberry mojito
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