Tinto de Verano, a great alternative to Sangria

Planning to visit Spain’s Andalusia region and indulge in sangria everywhere you go? Well, you might be disappointed, as we discovered that it’s not typical in the region. Luckily they have tinto de verano, a great alternative to sangria.

Beach bar in Andalusia, tinto de verano

Tinto de verano (summer red wine) is found just about everywhere you go in Andalusia . It is a far more simple beverage compared to sangria, as it typically only consists of one part red wine and one part gaseosa (a mild flavored, low sugar, carbonated lemonade), served over lots of ice. Sometimes a lemon wedge is added. That’s it, no fancy umbrella, doesn’t get any more simple than that.

Summer red wine in Spain, tinto de verano
No need to slice up lots of fruit and marinate anything for this drink. In Spain, tinto’s can be mixed at home, served straight from a bar tap in a large beer mug over ice, or you can even buy it pre-mixed in big plastic 2 liter containers. One other thing, it’s delicious. Even the junkie looking pre-mixed stuff is tasty. Especially on a really hot day.

If you want to try making this drink outside of Spain, find yourself a decent red wine (nothing too fancy or expensive) and substitute the gaseosa with sprite or 7-up mixed with carbonated water. Fanta and carbonated water can do the trick too, or add a special twist of your own and be on your way to fame and fortune as a cocktail mixologist. Let us know how you go!


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    Alex and Bell originally met while solo traveling after finishing university in 2002, in Brugge, Belgium. Alex grew up in the USA and Bell hails from Australia. During our nearly 20 year marriage we've lived around the world, including spending six years living in the Netherlands and Ireland. We have traveled to nearly 70 countries and enjoy giving readers authentic and quality travel tips. Alex is an award winning travel journalist and travel planner, who also freelances for other outlets. Bell is an award winning PhD scientist who currently works for a non-profit lung cancer advocacy research organization called Lungevity. Happy travels and if you have any questions leave a comment or drop an email!

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4 thoughts on “Tinto de Verano, a great alternative to Sangria

    1. Thanks Eduardo! Seville – such a beautiful part of the world. We hope to visit again in the near future!

  1. It’s funny but normally Andalusians and Sevillians drink Tinto de Verano better than Sangría.

    Sangria is usually used only for parties, but all tourists are indented.

    1. Thanks for your comment! Interesting to know the cultural difference between the popular local bar drink (Tinto de Verano) and party drink (Sangria) for Andalusians and Sevillians. Salute! 🙂

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