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The Summer Charm of Tinto de Verano

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August 26, 2014 / Spanish / By
Ryan Dickinson

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For every single one of my vacations and major trips, I have had an iconic drink. In Armenia it was peach juice, in Georgia it was chacha (brandy distilled from grapes), and in Armenia it was the delicious and cheap iced mochas. Yet during my time in Seville, I discovered one of my all-time favorite drinks.

Tinto de verano, which translates to “red wine of summer,” is the innovative yet classic combination of red wine and lemon-lime soda. Similar to sangria, tinto de verano is exceedingly popular in Spain. Since it is easier to make than sangria and less expensive to buy, it is considered more commercial and is more readily found at dive bars and parties.

During the summer I studied abroad in Spain, I consumed a glass or two of tinto de verano at a number of meals. I was studying and traveling with a group of two professors and five other students. They were all social and bubbly and for that summer we were all fairly close. Though none of us knew each other prior to the trip, we bonded quickly and soon were sharing jokes and chatting nonstop through meals. It was truly one of the most remarkable months of my life, largely because of the company I shared it with.

Our shared love of tinto de verano punctuated our experiences. From what I remember, tinto de verano was the first drink we shared as a group when we were first meeting and our last as we were saying our goodbyes. It became an inside joke, a highlight of a meal, and a chant of sheer joy. We soon learned that it could be consumed fresh from a restaurant or from a bottle from a convenience store. Either way it was delicious.

Ultimately, it was the perfect drink for the perfect summer. Light and refreshingly zesty, it accomplished the seemingly impossible task of making me feel like an adult and still youthful at the same time. I eventually lost touch with the group I went to Spain with and, fittingly, I haven’t enjoyed a glass of tinto de verano since that summer. Perhaps, they’re both too linked in my mind. I’m not sure I could enjoy one without becoming incredible nostalgic for the other.

If you ever find yourself in Spain you should make sure to sample a glass, or maybe even a pitcher, of tinto de verano. You won’t have to go out of your way to find a restaurant, a bar, or a store that carries it.

On the other hand, you can also make it on your own. Written below is a recipe for tinto de verano that is incredible easy to make and sure not to disappoint.

Ingredients (Makes 1 Glass):

  • 1 cup red wine                                                                                                                         
  • 1 cup lightly-sweetened lemon-lime soda                                                                               
  • 1 lemon wedge                
  • Ice                                                                                                                   

Instructions:

First should mix the red wine, the soda, and the ice. Next garnish the drink with a lemon wedge. After all that hard work, your drink will be ready.

 


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