The Red Wine of Summer
Those who are familiar with Spanish fare know that red wine is the main summer beverage in the birthplace of tapas (Spain), so while the season of sangria begins, Spaniards are beginning to brew batches of tinto de verano - "red wine of summer.”
Creating this concoction involves mixing wine with a citrus element, such as lemonade, fresh squeezed lemon juice with fizz from carbonated water, or lemon-lime soda such as Sprite or 7UP. Tinto de verano is most often consumed at festivals and parties when hot days call for a refreshing, thirst-quenching drink that's simple to make.
In Spain, the beverage comes ready-made in large bottles at the supermarkets, but it's simple to make at home. One should, however, pay attention to the type of wine used in order to keep the flavors balanced.
We’ve included a sample version of the recipe below to keep you cool throughout the upcoming summer season.
Tinto de verano
Makes: 6-8 servings
3 cups tempranillo red wine, about 1 bottle
1 cup KAS Spanish orange soda or other orange soda
Combine red wine and soda in a pitcher. Pour over crushed ice in a tall glass. Garnish with an orange wedge. If too sweet, add a splash of seltzer water.
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