July 31, 2012

Quick Summer Sangria {Tinto de Verano}

Chris saw an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week about a Spanish summer drink called tinto de verano, and almost immediately bought red wine and sparkling lemonade so we could try it.

My favorite sparkling lemonade is EffervĂ©, however it's not easy to find.  Welch's is more mainstream and recently started making sparkling lemonade.  In the newspaper article, Anna buys both her wine and sparkling lemonade from Trader Joe's.

Just a red table wine is needed, don't get too fancy.  You wouldn't use a nice bottle of wine in sangria, nor should you use it when making tinto de verano.

I really like the combination of red wine and sparkling lemonade.  Even better, unlike sangria, tinto de verano is not made ahead of time, so it can be immediately enjoyed.

We took a box of wine and a couple bottles of sparkling lemonade along with us while camping this past weekend, and everyone in the group loved it.  In fact, we underestimated the drink's popularity and didn't bring enough sparkling lemonade.

Tinto de verano is a 1:1 ratio of wine to lemonade, so after reaching the end of the sparkling lemonade we tried various substitutions.  Sierra Mist and sparkling lemon water are not nearly as good, but they'll do in a pinch.

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