Unraveling the Delightful Distinction: Is Sangria the Same as Tinto de Verano?

The NACHTMANN Noblesse iced beverage glass filled with a red cocktail drink, ice cubes and a slice of orange besides the empty tall and the empty small goblet. In the background are oranges.<br/>

When it comes to Spanish beverages, Sangria and Tinto de Verano often top the list of favorites. But are they the same? Join us as we unravel the delightful distinction between these two beloved Spanish drinks. From their flavor profiles to serving traditions, we'll explore the unique qualities that make each beverage a refreshing delight. Plus, we'll introduce a Tinto de Verano recipe with a twist of maracuya foam that will take your taste buds on an exotic journey.

Understanding Sangria and Tinto de Verano:

Sangria and Tinto de Verano may share a common origin in Spain, but they each have their own distinct characteristics.



Sangria is a classic Spanish punch that has gained international popularity for its fruity and vibrant nature. Traditionally made with red wine, chopped fruits, sweeteners, and a touch of spirits, Sangria is often associated with summer gatherings and outdoor fiestas. The flavors of Sangria can vary depending on the choice of fruits and additional ingredients, but it typically offers a harmonious blend of wine, fruitiness, and a hint of sweetness.


Tinto de Verano

Tinto de Verano, meaning "red wine of summer," is a lighter and more refreshing alternative to Sangria. It is often regarded as a simpler and less elaborate drink, perfect for hot summer days. Tinto de Verano is typically made by combining red wine with carbonated lemon soda or soda water. The result is a lighter, citrus-infused beverage with a lower alcohol content compared to Sangria. It offers a delightful balance of the wine's flavors and the effervescence of the soda, creating a thirst-quenching and easy-to-enjoy drink.

Differentiating Factors:

While both Sangria and Tinto de Verano are enjoyed as refreshing Spanish beverages, a few key factors set them apart:
  • Complexity: Sangria tends to be more complex in terms of ingredients, incorporating various fruits, spirits, and sweeteners. Tinto de Verano, on the other hand, focuses on simplicity, often consisting of just red wine and a carbonated beverage.
  • Alcohol Content: Sangria typically contains a higher alcohol content due to the addition of spirits such as brandy or rum. Tinto de Verano, in contrast, has a lower alcohol content, making it a lighter and more suitable option for casual occasions.
  • Fruitiness: Sangria emphasizes the fruity elements, with chunks of fresh fruit infused in the drink. Tinto de Verano, while it can be garnished with fruit, does not rely on fruit chunks as a defining characteristic.

Discover NACHTMANN glasses for your Tinto de Verano recipes

A Refreshing Twist: Tinto de Verano with Maracuya Foam

Now, let's add an exotic twist to the classic Tinto de Verano with a touch of maracuya foam. This recipe will transport you to the tropical flavors of Spain, blending the beloved Spanish beverage with the vibrant tang of passion fruit.


  • 1 bottle of light-bodied red wine (such as Rioja or Tempranillo)
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish

For the Maracuya Foam:

  • 1 cup of maracuya (passion fruit) juice
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar


In a large pitcher, combine the red wine, lemon slices, orange slices, and sugar. Stir gently until the sugar dissolves. Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to infuse.

Meanwhile, prepare the maracuya foam. In a small saucepan, heat the maracuya juice, water, and sugar over medium heat until it starts to simmer. Stir continuously until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let it cool.

Once the maracuya foam mixture has cooled, transfer it to a blender. Blend on high speed until the mixture becomes frothy and airy.

Fill the NACHTMANN glasses with ice cubes and pour the prepared Tinto de Verano over the ice. Top each glass with a generous dollop of maracuya foam, allowing it to cascade over the vibrant red wine mixture.

Garnish each glass with fresh mint leaves for a burst of aroma and a touch of Spanish flair.

Serve chilled and enjoy the invigorating blend of fruity wine, citrusy notes, and the exotic tang of maracuya foam—a refreshing ode to the vibrant flavors of Spain.


While Sangria and Tinto de Verano share their Spanish roots, they offer distinct experiences. Sangria delights with its fruity complexity, while Tinto de Verano captivates with its refreshing simplicity. At NACHTMANN, we celebrate the rich beverage culture of Spain and invite you to explore these beloved drinks. Enhance your Tinto de Verano experience with a touch of maracuya foam, adding an exotic twist that will transport you to the tropical paradise of Spanish flavors.

Stay tuned to our blog for more exciting recipes, cultural insights, and inspirations to elevate your beverage journey.

¡Salud y disfruta de la deliciosa diversidad de España!

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