friday is a really great day. i think we can all agree on that, right?
ever since i began posting cocktail recipes here on fridays a few weeks ago, i like this day even more. i didn’t even think that was possible!
here are a few things i like a lot:
- wine, of course. self-professed wino, right here!
- sparkling water. some people are addicted to soda, i’m addicted to sparkling water. it’s strange, i know. it’s just fizzy water, no big deal, right? it’s one of my favorite things ever. i’m silly.
- fruit, especially citrus fruit. i believe that a love for citrus fruit is required to maintain residency in florida. i have dwarf meyer lemon and key lime trees in my backyard, with a kumquat tree soon to join them. hooray fruit!
the thing i like the most, however, is combining all of the above to make spritzers!
spritzer. that’s a fun word. sounds like schvitzing, the yiddish word for sweating.
drink a spritzer when you’re schvitzing. yes! genius.
this particular spritzer is a play on tinto de verano, a very popular summertime drink in Spain. tinto de verano translates to “red wine of summer,” and typically contains equal parts red wine and carbonated lemonade. sounds delicious, right?
instead of red wine, i used blackberry wine. oh yeah.
i have a love affair with Manischewitz wine, and i’m not afraid to admit it. i’ve totally loved it from the first time i tried a sip at a Passover seder when i was a little girl. Manischewitz is like delicious liquid candy, and the have tons of yummy flavors: blackberry, elderberry, cherry, concord grape, loganberry…they’re all tasty. trust me. i’ve tried ‘em all!
anywho, Manischewitz is super crazy sweet, so i figured it would be perfect in a spritzer! the acidity of the lemonade cuts through some of the sweetness, and the sparkling water lends a bright effervescence to the drink. it’s like blackberry lemonade for grown-ups!
this drink is fun, pretty, and super-simple to make, too! if you can open a bottle, you can make this drink. you can shake them to order like a fancy bartender, or just mix all the ingredients together in a punch bowl and call it a day. summer simplicity at its finest!
you can bet that we’ll be enjoying a few of these blackberry tinto de veranos this weekend to help us beat the heat. if you’re schvitzin’, you should be spritzin’.
truer words have never been spoken.
blackberry tinto de verano
Yield: eight 6-ounce glasses
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 1 minute
1 bottle blackberry wine (i'm partial to Manischewitz)
12 ounces lemonade (i was too lazy to make my own, so i bought some in a bottle made with cane sugar!)
9 ounces sparkling water
juice of one lime
juice of one lemon
sliced lemons and limes, for garnish
in a large punch bowl (or a couple of pitchers), combine all ingredients above.
pour into glasses full of ice, and enjoy!
yes, it's really that simple!