I don't know how the weather has been lately wherever you're reading this, but here, we've been having some really hot temperatures since more than a week ago. I am sure you've come across the news saying Canada has reached almost 50 °C or which is the same 122 °F … and some still say climate change isn't a thing. But, we aren't here to discuss any of that. For me, summer is a synonym for getting together with friends to enjoy a beer, a cocktail, or a tinto de verano -the Spanish wine cocktail. When I was a child and it was warm outside, Sunday lunch meant going out to a restaurant as a family. My parents would ask for sangria or clerico even. I was curious, and yes, I might have asked for it as well, but I became more fond of the tinto de verano as I grew older. Now, at home, we prepare it whenever we find a good excuse, meaning, every time we want a fresh frisky drink that doesn't require a lot of effort for hot summer days. This is the version we serve at home and it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare.
Tinto de verano
Easy and refreshing for happy hour.
- Chopping board
- Pairing knife
- Lemon Juicer
- 2-liter pitcher (2.1 quarts)
- 1 bottle red wine ((750 ml))
- 2 limes
- 2 cans lemon-lime soda ((I like Sprite Zero))
- Ice cubes
Wash limes very well and cut them in half. Juice them in the pitcher and leave the juiced halves in the pitcher as well.
Add two cans of lemon-lime soda, i.e. about 700 ml. (about 23 oz.)
Pour the bottle of wine in the pitcher.
Add a generous amount of ice cubes.
Mix with the spoon and serve.
Among other soda options you may use are: Sprite, 7up and Ginger Ale.