Summer is a beautiful time of year on the Camino and in Spain in general. Yet, the weather can be intense!
After spending eight years living in Southern Spain, I can tell you one of my favourite Spanish summer drinks is the Tinto de Verano.
Wine can be just too heavy for the summer months and a Tinto de Vino is the perfect way to quench your thirst and enjoy a taste of Spain.
The drink has its origin in the early 20th century when Federico Vargas created a mix of red wine and soda pop for his patrons at Venta Vargas, of El Brilliante in Cordoba, Spain. The drink was at first called un Vargas but soon came to be known as Tinto de Verano.
Tinto de Verano is very popular with Spanish people as it tends to be less fussy to make than Sangria which is considered to be a touristy drink.
Tinto de Verano is a red wine-based drink, usually mixed with a carbonated drink such as lemonade and served over ice. Like Sangra, it usually includes a few pieces of select fruits; lemon and orange being the most popular. Unlike Sangria, Tinto de Verano doesn’t have brandy or rum added so it is a much lighter affair – fruity and fizzy on the tongue.
The perfect way to cool down after a long day on the Camino.
Remember to stay safe when drinking on the Camino. I recommend that you enjoy two glasses of water for every alcoholic drink to avoid dehydration.
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