Tinto de Verano: The Easiest Cocktail You’ll Ever Make

Tinto de Verano

I love red wine. But I have to admit that splitting a bottle with Anthony on a weeknight (or any night) is becoming impossible. I don’t know if it’s my advancing age (yup, all 28 years) or just a shift in my body, but I simply cannot put away half a bottle of red anymore. Unless, of course, I want to wake up feeling like my mouth is stuffed with gauze and a tiny person has taken up residence in my skull for the sole purpose of banging on my brain like a bongo drum.

It’s true, ladies and gentleman, I’m becoming a lightweight. Which, given the fact that my metabolism decided to retire after I hit 25, is probably a good thing. But now we’re faced with an unforeseen problem: what do we do with leftover red wine?

Sure, we could get one of those vacuum-saver wine things, but I prefer a good challenge. We cook with day-old (or week-old) wine a lot, but here’s our new favorite use for it: Tinto de Verano.

This simple drink is popular among Spaniards, and perfect for warm weather drinking when 1) You want something tasty and refreshing and 2) Are too hot/sticky/tired to put a lot of effort into it.

Tinto de Verano: The Easiest Cocktail You'll Ever Make
Serves: Makes 1
  • 2 ounces red wine
  • 1 ounce sweet (red) vermouth
  • 2 ounces grapefruit soda
  • 1 lemon wheel, for garnish
  1. Mix the wine and vermouth in a rocks glass. Add ice, top with the soda, and stir gently. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
We use the Mexican soda "Jarritos" in the Toronja (grapefruit) flavor to make this. It's available in many grocery stores and at Latin American markets. You can also use Spite, 7UP, Squirt, or even ginger ale.





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  1. says

    This is probably the most ingenious cocktail I’ve seen. You know how I love giving food (and beverage) new purpose, and Tinto de Verano does just that. And it’s delicious too. As you point out, this refreshing drink is very sangria-ish, without all the work. Thanks for this, dear!

  2. kate C. says

    I drank this all the time in Spain… well, until I ‘graduated’ to just plain red wine and grew to like that. But that was 10-ish years ago and I hear you on not being able to finish a bottle between two people now! I should revisit this drink, though I didn’t think they put vermouth in it there, just 1/2 red wine and 1/2 of I think Fanta soda (lemon-limey), I’m sure lots of people make it different ways.

    Gracias para las memorias!

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