Tinto de Verano Spanish Wine Cocktail

What in the heck is a Tinto de Verano, you ask? Well, it’s lovely Spanish wine cocktail, similar to sangria (but simpler). And since most of us aren’t taking a trip to Spain this year, the least we can do is enjoy a refreshing Tinto de Verano before the weather cools off.

Tinto de Verano is a cold, red wine drink normally made of one part red wine and one part lemon lime soda. In Spain, the mixer is usually Fanta Limón (lemon Fanta). But depending on your preference for sweetness, you can use Sprite, 7-Up, or even a mixture of lemonade and soda water. (I usually go for a sugar-free soda.) As long as it’s sweet, fizzy, and lemony, the result will be delicious. It’s served over ice and garnished with fruit.

What’s the Difference Between Tinto de Verano and Sangria?

Tinto de Verano is simpler to make than sangria as it has fewer ingredients. But it has a very similar vibe. And you can certainly add chopped up fresh fruit to make it more festive and sangria-like.

You Don’t Need To Use Fancy Wine

So you’re ready to make your first pitcher. But what exactly is the best red wine for to use? Well it doesn’t need to be anything fancy or expensive. Any red table wine will do, but the most authentic versions will use a Spanish red such as:

  • Garnacha (grenache grown in Spain) generally has lower tannins, showcases rich red fruits, and has great acidity.
  • Tempranillo, another Spanish varietal, provides a deep hue; lush texture; and notes of black cherries, blackberries, and cola. Choose tempranillos labeled as “Crianza” or “Joven” to avoid a heavily oaked flavor.
  • Primitovo or Zinfandel – Iterations of the same grape, primitivo (from Italy) and zinfandel (grown mostly in California) are excellent for sangria. The wines usually exhibit rich, jammy fruits, accented with spice and floral notes.

What to Serve with Tinto de Verano

Tapas (small appetizers) are the ideal accompaniment for Tinto de Verano. I also really like serving a pitcher of this drink at brunch or at a summer BBQ. Here are some yummy suggested accompaniments:

Try this delicious cocktail recipe and let me know what you think. Be sure to tag #grownupdish or @grownup_dish on Instagram so I can share your posts.


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Try this easy recipe for Tinto de Verano - a Spanish wine cocktail. You only need 3 ingredients and it's easier to make than sangria. Cheers! | www.grownupdish.com

Tinto de Verano Spanish Wine Cocktail

  • Author: jzmcbride
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 drinks 1x


Try this easy recipe for Tinto de Verano – a Spanish wine cocktail. You only need  3 ingredients and it’s easier to make than sangria. Cheers!


  • 1 bottle (750 ml) of red wine (nothing fancy)
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) of lemon/lime soda (Sprite, 7-Up) or equal parts lemonade and soda water.
  • Sliced citrus fruit (lemon, lime or orange) for garnish
  • Ice
  • (Optional) Chopped peach or nectarine


  1. Add full bottle of red wine to a large pitcher.
  2. (Optional) add chopped peach or nectarine and let it marinate in the red wine for a few minutes
  3. Add lemon/lime soda to pitcher
  4. Stir well. Serve over ice with citrus garnish


You do not need fancy red wine for this cocktail. A basic red table wine works beautifully. Bonus points if it’s a Spanish red.

The longer it sits, the better it tastes.

I don’t recommend adding ice to the pitcher. I prefer to serve it over ice so it doesn’t get watered down.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: recipe
  • Method: cocktail
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Keywords: tinto de verano, red wine, cocktail, sangria, wine cocktail, fruit cocktail, summer beverage, summer cocktail, summer drink

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