The Best Spanish Tinto de Verano Recipe – Simple Spanish Summer Wine

With May right around the corner, it’s the perfect time for Melissa to share her homemade tinto de verano recipe!

tinto de verano recipe
Tinto de Verano- so refreshing! Photo by: Steven Labinski on flickr CC

Spring has finally begun in Madrid. The temperatures are rising and the days are getting longer… and it’s that time of year again to enjoy one of my favorite Spanish pastimes: sitting on a sunny terrace and sipping a tall glass of tinto de verano.

This tinto de verano recipe will take you straight to a Spanish terrace in summer.
A typical Spanish terrace

“But what about sangría?” (you might ask). Yes, it’s true that this iconic Spanish drink is also readily available, but it’s actually much more common to find tinto de verano, its fizzy cousin, on the menu of your average bar.

See also: Spanish Sangría, Explained

The first time I tried tinto de verano, I was sitting on a seaside terrace in Barcelona with some friends. We ordered a pitcher to share… and then another. And then one more. Let’s just say it was love at first sip.

I also learned an important lesson that day. Tinto de verano may taste like nothing more than a slightly alcoholic fruit punch, but it’ll sneak up on you. Rest assured that after several glasses of it, you’ll need an afternoon siesta to sleep off the buzz. You’ve been warned!

What is tinto de verano?

Literally, tinto de verano means “summer red wine.” Essentially, it’s a mixture of Spanish red wine with a fruity soft drink.

In Spain, the mixer is usually Fanta Limón (lemon Fanta). But if you can’t find this particular soda, you can always substitute Sprite, 7-Up, or even a mixture of lemonade and soda water. As long as it’s sweet, fizzy, and lemony, the result will be delicious.

Add a splash of vermouth for an extra kick, and garnish with fresh citrus fruit to create the perfect aesthetic!

Try this tinto de verano recipe for a new take on Spanish sangría!
The perfect drink to sip all summer long

Keep in mind that if you order tinto de verano at a bar, you might be getting a pre-bottled concoction that’s high in sugar and low in flavor. There are plenty of places that mix it fresh right on the spot, but there’s also a good chance the bartender is pouring from a two-liter bottle of Don Simon.

Still delicious, but not exactly what you might be expecting. If you want to taste the real thing, the best bet is probably to make it yourself!

See also: Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

The best tinto de verano recipe

Whether you’re hosting a party in Spain or trying to recreate the tranquil terraces of Spanish summers past, this tinto de verano recipe is exactly what you need.

You can adapt it based on the ingredients you have available, and adjust the proportions to your liking. But whatever you do, sip it outside in the sun, the way it’s meant to be enjoyed.

Taste it! We try tinto de verano on our Devour Madrid tapas tours.

Tinto de Verano Recipe
 
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This Spanish specialty is the perfect drink to cool you down on a hot summer day.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Spanish
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) of Spanish red wine
  • 750 ml of lemon-flavored soda, tonic water, or equal parts lemonade and soda water.
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 200 ml of sweet vermouth (optional)
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Uncork the wine and pour it into a large pitcher.
  2. Add the soda or tonic water and stir well.
  3. Add the lemon and orange slices, as well as the vermouth if using. Stir to combine.
  4. Serve over ice.
Notes
You can use pretty much any Spanish red wine, and the mixer can be lemon soda or a mixture of equal parts lemonade and soda water. For a less sugary version, use tonic water instead of soda.

 

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Comments

  1. Hi, I was just wondering how long a pitcher of this will keep in the fridge? I’d like to make a batch for this weekend and keep it bottled up in the fridge for a few days!

    1. Generally sangria can sit in the fridge for 2-3 days but tinto de verano is best prepared in the moment (never pre made). Just mix ice, wine and soda and store the ingredients separately to make a glass whenever you want. Carbonation is key here and if it sits it’ll disappear…

  2. I’m in Barcelona right now, finishing a two week trip to Spain. We discovered Tinto de Verano on the second day in Madrid during a food tour. It is an incredibly refreshing summer drink. It is at least 10 times better than any beer I’ve ever had. The recipe above sounds really good, and I intend to make it when I get home. However, I am surprised that it does not appear to matter what type of red Spanish wine is used. Spain has numerous different kinds of red wines. That makes me wonder if the wine even has to be Spanish in origin.

    1. Hi James – since you are mixing with soda the wine isn’t the main event — but a few tips: don’t go too cheap — you don’t want a hangover ;), don’t go for anything too full-bodied and oaky (you want young and fruity, to mix well with the fruity soda), and definitely don’t go too expensive (drink great wine on its own!). Hope that helps 🙂 — also it definitely doesn’t have to be Spanish– any light and fruity red will work!

  3. Thank you for this! My in-laws relocated to Spain about 10 years ago. I loved the tinto de verano! I have been looking for how to make it for ages, and fellow Americans keep telling me it’s Sangria. It’s not! I’m very happy to be able to enjoy this at home. 🙂

  4. Hola! I’m also an American living in Spain and tinto de verano is my absolute favorite! Your recipe is spot on, though at home I usually go the quicker route and just mix the red wine with lemon Fanta, plop two ice cubes in and sip away. My last visit to the States I was disappointed to see that Fanta doesn’t market their lemon flavor there. So now I just bring some with me!

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