In an attempt to fit into a spanx-required dress for an upcoming wedding, I sadly gave up beer drinking for the summer. Hard alcohol isn’t in the cards for me because it hits too hard too fast. White wine? Ugh, no. I spent a day barfing up white wine more than a decade ago and still can’t bring myself to drink it.
Red wine is about the only option left but it’s too dang hot outside!
Up until last week, I was stumped! Then my husband started drinking Gin and Tonics and BINGO — I remembered my summer in Spain when I discovered the very delicious Tinto de Verano.
Loosely translated, it means “red wine of the summer” and in the south of Spain, locals live off this mixed wine drink over ice during their hot months. It’s served at every restaurant there and I’ve never seen it in the U.S. It’s super yummy and a bit diluted so, just like a nice beer, offers a slow, fizzy afternoon of sipping to an easy buzz.
Here’s how you make Tinto de Verano:
2 parts red wine (Spaniards usually use Tempranillo but just pick a wine you like)
1 part tonic water or soda water (I love it with lemon or lime La Croix)
1/4 wedge of lime or lemon juice (and then I chuck the wedge in the glass)
Serve over ice
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