I’ve always found rather hilarious how most tourists are desperate to drink sangría when they come to Spain. They probably think there’s nothing more typically Spanish, and I guess they’re right. After all, according to EU regulations, sangría can only be produced in Spain and Portugal. But what’s the difference between Sangria and Tinto de Verano?

Sangria is wine – red, white or rose – mixed with Brandy, Triple Sec, soda of some sort or Cava, and fresh fruit as garnish – apples, oranges, grapes, berries, peaches, etc and served over ice. Usually this is made overnight or earlier in the day to allow the flavors to combine nicely before serving. Tinto de verano is easier to make and has less alcohol. You just have to mix red wine and soda or a lemon fizzy drink – half and half.

Sangria or Tinto de Verano – I have been drinking both a little bit too much but if I do drink it – it’s definitely on Plaza Santa Ana in Madrid you will see me with a big glass in my hand x 


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