As an official Lazy Bitch, summer is kind of my season. It’s hot out and therefore slightly more acceptable to just avoid all the emails in your inbox and go to the beach instead. And drink things on said beach. I’m a big fan of uncomplicated cocktails – I’m talking three ingredients or less. I’m also a fan of chilled red wine. This, my friends, is both.
Tinto de Verano (red wine of summer) is a thing in Spain. It’s a light red wine with lemon-lime soda over ice. It’s basically like a sangria. But EASIER. I suggest using any $15 and under unoaked red. And I like sticking with the roots of the drink and going Spanish with it. Garnacha or Tempranillo would be great, but so would Gamay or Pinot. You kind of can’t go wrong. Stick a citrus garnish on that sucker and you’re set. Drink and repeat all summer.
Photo by Jeremy Dempe