Spanish Summer Cocktail

The Spanish cocktail Tinto de Verano is probably the easiest cocktail you’ll ever make. Literally translated as ‘red wine of summer’ it’s a refreshing, easy to drink beverage. It’s origin dates back to the early 20th century in Cordoba. A bar owner named Don Federico Vargas mixed his Spanish red wine with a lemon soda to soften the taste and allow his customers to recover from the hot summer sun. The drink became a hit and was known as ‘Un Vargas’ before it became known as Tinto de Verano.

Top Tips

1. In Spain, Tinto de Verano is cheaper than Sangria. It’s what the locals drink so if you want to be less of tourist and more of a local chica/chico, order one of these.

2. If you are not so much of a sweet tooth you can substitute lemonade for soda water.

3. Tinto de Verano is VERY easy to drink, especially on a warm day, so pace yourself 😉

1 part Spanish red wine
1 part Lemonade
A few ice cubes
Slice of lemon

Grab a wine glass, add your ice cubes, wine and lemonde. Finish off with a slice of lemon and you’re good to go!

¡Salud! mi amigos

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