Vino Verano
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About this Cocktail

In the summer in Spain, you can find this traditional drink anywhere, from fine dining restaurants to dive bars to at-home family meals. It’s offered pre-mixed, but most people make it themselves because it’s an easy way to repurpose red table wine. Also called Tinto de Verano (translating as “summer wine” or “red wine of summer”), the drink lightens the mouthfeel of red wine and the fresh lemon juice adds a subtle bite – for nights when you want something else than a rosé. There’s a wide range of ratios and preparation methods, so here’s my favorite.

  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple sugar
  • muddled mint (optional)
  • dash of club soda
  • dash of red wine

In a collins glass, combine sugar and lemon, fill with cracked ice and carefully top with red wine to give a nice color gradient. Garnish with a mint sprig or lemon slice.


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