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Tinto de Verano (Summer Red Wine)

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Grab your Spanish wine and create this mouth-watering Tinto de Verano cocktail! This is also known as a summer red wine, which is bursting with fresh fruit, red wine, lemonade, and more. Serve over ice for a chilled cocktail that is so refreshing and bursting with citrus flavor.

Tinto de Verano in a mason jar on a wooden board.

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Even if you find you are not a huge red wine fan, I am telling you this Tinto de Verano recipe truly hits the spot! The lemonade and citrus really enhance the flavor of the wine in such a HUGE way.

For another cocktail, try my Rose wine cocktail, it takes just 3 ingredients to make. Or this kiwi mint mojito is one that my friends beg me to make in the spring and summer months.

What is Tinto De Verano

Tinto de Verano is a delicious Sangria that is often made in the summer months. This is a Spain-inspired cocktail that generally uses a Spain red wine, a variety of citrus, lemonade, and sometimes even a splash of a lemon-lime soda for a bubbly effect.

This is also called a lazy sangria. Where you get all the ingredients dumped into a pitcher and then just pour and serve. No waiting for the flavors to blend together in the fridge like a classic apple shine Sangria.

This Tinto De Verano Is…

  • Made with red wine and citrus fruit.
  • Dump and pour the cocktail. No need to wait for flavors to blend. Whip it up and serve.
  • Easy ingredients to find at grocery stores and liquor stores.
  • Fresh and fruity flavors.

What’s in this Summer Red Wine Cocktail

Red wine, orange, blood orange, lemon, and lemonade on a countertop.
  • Red Wine – So for this recipe it is recommended to use a Spain red wine. Now if you don’t have that reach for any brand or style of red wine you enjoy.
  • Oranges – I used classic oranges and blood oranges to create dimension and flavor to the cocktail.
  • Lemon – Freshly sliced lemon is key. You do not want to use bottled lemon juice, as it will affect the flavor.
  • Lemonade – Lemonade is going to really bring this wine cocktail to a whole new level. I love fresh lemonade with a little pulp. But any type works for this recipe.
  • Ice – Pour some ice into your glass to make sure your Tinto de Verano is nice and chilled when you go to serve it up.

How To Make

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Collage of creating Tinto de Verano.
  1. In a large pitcher, you will pour all your red wine into the container. (Photo 1)
  2. Next, add the lemonade. (Photo 2)
Collage of filling a carafe with Tinto de Verano ingredients.
  1. Slice our oranges and blood orange as well as lemons and toss them into the pitcher. (Photo 3)
  2. Add ice to the pitcher or into each glass. Pour the wine into glasses and serve it up. (Photo 4)
Tinto de Verano in a mason jar on a white countertop.

You are welcome to garnish your cocktail with sliced oranges, lemon, or sprigs of rosemary. Or serve it plain, the choice is yours.

Recipe Tips And Variations

  • Do not add ice to the wine Sangria unless you are serving it right away, as it will dilute the drink.
  • Refrigerate any you do not drink. Just cover in a pitcher and pour and sip as you wish.
  • Top your glass with some lemon-lime soda or club soda for a fizzy, bubbly texture to the drink.
  • Add in some sliced grapefruit for a tart twist.
  • Reach for ripe fresh fruit, so it helps enhance the red wine flavor.
  • This is a cocktail that is best served chilled or over ice.
  • If you want to muddle the fruit by pressing it with a wooden spoon to release the juices to truly enhance the flavor.
  • Garnish with sliced lemons, blood oranges, and more.
  • Try adding in other fruit like strawberries, raspberries, etc.
  • Instead of rosemary, you could garnish with mint leaves for a rich twist.

Storing Tips


Any of the wine you do not drink right away can be stored in the fridge in a sealed container. If you have a pitcher cover it with plastic wrap. This will help keep other odors from the fridge to get into the cocktail.

It will last for about 24 hours in the fridge.


Want to freeze what you don’t drink? Just remove the fresh fruit from the container and pour your red wine mixture into a sealed freezer bag or container. Then freeze for 2-3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight.

Once it is thawed, stir well, and feel free to add in sliced fruit and garnish the same. If you want to add some soda to create bubbles go right ahead.

What to serve with the red wine mixed drink

Here is a pico de gallo that would be great for snacking! Or serve grilled steak, chicken, or other proteins and serve up a summer feast. I also find this wine drink compliments the flavors of rosemary lemon boneless chicken thighs really well.

Tinto de Verano in a mason jar with iced cubes and slices of orange, and lemons inside, and topped with rosemary.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the alcohol content of Tinto de Verano?

The alcohol content for the Tinto de Verano depends on the wine you use. So you can average 4-6% alcohol depending on the proof on your wine.

Is Tinto de Verano similar to Sangria?

Yes, these two drinks are very similar. Sangria normally uses a mix of alcohol, whereas this uses one. But overall, you will get similar flavor notes. The Tinto de Verano is a lazy sangria version, as you can make and drink it right away instead of allowing the flavors to infuse.

Can Tinto de Verano be made with other sodas besides lemon soda?

Any soda will work for this. You can use ginger ale, bubbly water, or even a grapefruit soda that has some carbonation. Feel free to experiment and see what you like in terms of flavor.

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5 from 6 votes

Tinto de Verano

Author: Kim Schob
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Spanish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Tinto de Verano is a delicious red wine and citrus cocktail that is refreshing and bursting with fruity flavor. This summer wine cocktail uses red wine, oranges, lemon, blood oranges and lemonade to create rich smooth flavors.



  • 1 bottle of red wine 750 ml
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1 blood orange sliced (optional)
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 cup (236 ⅗ ml) of lemonade about 240 ml


  • Add the whole bottle of wine and lemonade into the pitcher. Mix well to combine.
  • Prep the oranges and lemons, slicing. Place in the pitcher. Add ice if you are serving right away, or add ice to each glass.
  • Pour the red wine cocktail and garnish with orange or lemon wedges, rosemary sprigs, or any other garnish of choice.


  • Wine – Using quality red wine is key as it is going to be the biggest flavor in the drink. 
  • Lemonade – Fresh lemonade works great for this recipe, whether you make it homemade or buy it. 
  • Ice – Only add ice if you are serving right away. The ice will melt and dilute the drink, so don’t add till you are ready. 
  • Fruit – Toss in other fruit for additional flavor if you want. Strawberries, raspberries, and grapefruit are all great options. 
  • Garnish – You can garnish with sliced fruit, rosemary, mint, etc. 
  • Muddle Fruit – Taking a wooden spoon and pressing on the orange and lemon slices will release the juice into the drink helping to create more flavor to your wine sangria. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1g Calories: 143kcal (7%) Carbohydrates: 13g (4%) Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 0.1g Saturated Fat: 0.01g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g Sodium: 8mg Potassium: 227mg (6%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 8g (9%) Vitamin A: 60IU (1%) Vitamin C: 22mg (27%) Calcium: 24mg (2%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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  1. 5 stars
    We are planning an evening with friends this weekend. This is so easy to make , I am sure they will all love to sip through this.

  2. 5 stars
    I love a glass of red so this sounds like a perfect summer drink with all the gorgeous citrus flavours.

  3. 5 stars
    Loved this light and refreshing drink and I am sure it will be a regular on the summer weekend at our BBQs. We tried it with some grapefruit slices as you suggested instead of blood orange and it was a hit!

  4. 5 stars
    This is such a refreshing cocktail to have at the end of a long summer day! I’ll be making this one again for sure.

  5. 5 stars
    Just when I thought red wine couldn’t get any better…I loved all the complementary flavors in this, especially the citrus!

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