May 21, 2014
Summer is getting closer and closer, so we wanted to celebrate by sharing a fun recipe. In many parts of the world, especially Spain and Latin America, people drink something called, “Tinto de Verano.” It literally means “red wine of summer.” It’s a delicious and refreshing staple great for the warm sunny days… well, actually if you live in a tropical place, it’s a staple everyday!
The simplicity of this mixed drink is the best part. The original recipe calls for a red wine (of any variety), a lemon-lime soda, and a lemon. We want you to ditch the lemon-lime sugar-filled stuff for some of our naturally flavored and low calorie sparkling water.
Tinto de Verano ingredients:
– 2 oz Red Wine
– 2 oz Something Natural Sparkling Water Black Cherry
– 1 Lemon Slice
– 1 Cup of Ice
It’s a combination of equal parts wine and sparkling water – so you don’t even have to worry about math for this recipe. Also, no need to shake this up because it has carbonation and that is a Bartending 101 no-no. Just be sure to remember the ice to keep it all chilled, especially since you’ll be poolside sipping on this tasty creation. 😉
Another great reason why our twist on this Spanish classic is killer? The addition of water helps reduce the impact of a hangover because it keeps you a bit more hydrated – not that we recommend chugging tinto all day. Sometimes people just want a great alcoholic beverage alternative that has less artificial and more fiesta. We hope you guys try this one out for sure and let us know if we’ve made you fans of our new “Tinto de Verano.”
February 19, 2014
This winter has been pretty brutal for everyone with our new friend the “polar vortex” hanging around. Get past your winter doldrums and trade them in for some conga drums with our very own sangria recipe we call The Something Natural Spritzer!
If you are in the mood for a slight twist on the old fruity favorite, we’ve decided to kick the soda to the curb in exchange for your favorite flavored sparkling water. Not only is this recipe refreshing to have with dinner, it’s also super easy to make for a party too.
What else is great about this recipe? Well, if you want to keep the drinks flowing without feeling like you’ve ditched your New Year’s health kick, this fruit and wine combo is full of Vitamin C and low in fat. ALSO, you can make any additions or changes to make it your own!
Let’s hit the kitchen…
-1 bottle of red wine (Merlot, Rioja, or a Cab Sav.)
-3-4 Fruits (it’s best to use lemon, orange, apple and you probably have them in your kitchen already!)
-1-2 tablespoon of organic raw sugar
-1 shot of brandy
-1 teaspoon of cinnamon. This spice is what makes the recipe authentic.
-2 bottles of Something Natural Sparkling Water. Pick your favorite kind! We used blueberry lemon for ours.
How to start:
1. Pour your bottle of red wine into a pitcher (some red wines are sweeter than others – so it’s up to you the type you chose!)
2. Cut up the fruit into wedges
3. Squeeze your fantastic fruit wedges into the wine and toss them in after, along with the brandy, sugar and dust of cinnamon. Feel free to forgo the sugar if your wine is sweet enough!
4. It’s always best to chill the mixture overnight to enhance the flavors.
5. Add Something Natural Sparkling Water right before serving.
6. Serve over ice (perhaps frozen blueberries or raspberries, too!)
7. Turn up the music and repeat!