Tinto de Verano

Fact: Sangria is not a thing in Spain. In some regions of Spain it is common for locals to drink Tinto de Verano while tourists drink  Sangria.

Tinto de Verano is a refreshing drink similar to Sangria. However, there are fewer ingredients in this wine based mixed drink making it much easier and quicker to put together. Tinto de Verano translates to red wine of summer. I recently got the pleasure of enjoying Tinto de Verano on my recent trip to Madrid. It was the first day of 70+ degree weather, people out in the Plaza's enjoying the evening sunshine, while kids played and adults enjoyed a drink and tapas. I was with my friends that had introduced me to this refreshing drink. 

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Tinto de Verano

What You'll Ned

3 oz Spanish red wine
3 oz San Pellegrino limonata (or lemon soda)
1 lemon, sliced 

What You'll Need To Know

Begin by pouring equal parts red wine and limonata into a glass.

Add ice, garnish with lemon and enjoy.

Valerie Fidan

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Watermelon Basil Salad with Balsamic

Watermelon-Basil-Salad-with-BalsamicThis recipe is so simple. It has three 5 ingredients: watermelon, basil, balsamic, olive oil and salt. Yep! That's it. And when there are only few ingredients, they had better be the best there are. Look for ripe, seedless watermelons, when they are bursting with luscious sweetness. Tap their shell; they should sound hollow and feel firm, never soft or mushy. Buy the oldest balsamic vinegar that you can afford. You'll maybe have to purchase it at a gourmet shop, but once you discover the glories of 25-, 50, or even 100-year old balsamic vinegar, you will be hooked. I used an 18 year old aged Balsamic from The Olive Crush. This is not vinegar to sprinkle with abandon over lettuce or tomatoes, but instead a syrup elixir to use sparingly. Just a drop or two provides flavor that is rich, mellow, sweet, and full - unlike any vinegar you have tasted before. When paired with watermelon, as I have here, it's heavenly.

Watermelon Basil Salad with Balsamic

What You'll Need

1/2 small watermelon 5-6 basil leaves, chopped 1/2 tablespoon balsamic 1 tablespoon olive oil salt, to taste

Watermelon Basil Salad with Balsamic

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together vinegar and olive oil. Mix in the watermelon and let it refrigerate until ready to serve.

Spread 2/3 of watermelon on serving platter. Top basil and season with salt.

This salad is excellent with grilled shrimp or chicken.

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Watermelon Basil Salad with Balsamic
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1/2 small watermelon
  • 5-6 basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together vinegar and olive oil. Mix in the watermelon and let it refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Spread 2/3 of watermelon on serving platter. Top basil and season with salt.
  3. This salad is excellent with grilled shrimp or chicken.