Want to take a mini-vacation? When the summer sun is getting too hot and mama needs a break at the end of the day ~do like the Spaniards do~ make a wine cooler.
Tinto de Verano can be translated loosely as "summer red". It is a refreshing, fizzy, sweetened red wine drink with only two simple ingredients: red wine and sparkling lemonade.
I first tried this drink as a college student studying in Spain. I didn't even like red wine back then but this mellower version of sangria was the perfect alternative on sweltering Sevilla evenings.
Here's all you need to do:
Fill a glass halfway with ice.
Add red wine to halfway.
Top with fizzy lemonade (I use Taste of Inspiration Sparkling Sicilian Lemonade. Spaniards use Kas Limon or Casera if you can find it. Even real lemonade with a touch of tonic water would work! You just really need some fizz.)
Sit back and pretend you are sitting on the balcony of your Spanish flat, surrounded by bougainvillea and watching life go by on the streets below. For the next thirty minutes you haven't a care in the world - the laundry is done and folded, dinner is made and for this moment, you can just. be. still.
Want to see more Savoring Summer Saturdays recipes? How about Frozen Chocolate Milk or Iced Coffee?
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