How to make “Tinto de Verano” (Summer Red Wine)

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When it comes to Summer gatherings, I like  to make refreshing and easy drinks (of course with a Latin twist!) to share with my family and friends. Not too long ago I learned about this recipe call “Tinto de Verano” which is a wine-based cold drink similar to sangria and is very popular in Spain. The Spanish name of “Tinto de Verano” translate to Red Wine of Summer and as the name says it is perfect for the summertime.


Although, this recipe is similar to sangria, there are fewer ingredients in this wine-based drink; making it much easy to prepare. All you need is a good red wine such as Sutter Home Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, lemon-lime soda and a couple of slices of lemon or lime for garnish. For this recipe I chose Sutter Home Merlot, which is perfect for this recipe since Sutter Home is the go to wine for all summer entertaining needs. From Wine tasting with friends, to a girls night in, Sutter Home is the perfect choice to bring a variety of flavors to your summer fun. Sutter Home can make every day occasions a little more special.


This recipe is easy to make and your amigos (friends) will love it!


Recipe of Tinto de Verano for one person:

  • ½ cup Sutter Home red wine such as Cabernet or Merlot.
  • ½ cup of lemon-lime soda
  • lemon or lime slices for garnish
  • Ice cubes

Place a couple of ice cubes in a glass, add 1/2 a cup of Sutter Home red wine and 1/2 a cup of lemon-lime soda. Garnish with lemon or lime slices.

Perfect adult Summer Drink!



Remember, for summer gatherings Sutter Home is the perfect wine to bring people together and make them feel at home, it truly offers something for everyone, with some many different varietals. Plus, family is at the heart of everything Sutter Home does. Since 1948, they’ve been a family-owned company seeking to produce quality products that bring people together to share good times. Sutter Home’s 65 year history of providing award-winning California Wines at affordable prices gives new wine users the confidence that every bottle of Sutter Home will deliver consistent product quality and superior value. Sutter Home Family Vineyards has received over 350 gold metals.

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As always let us know what do you think about this amazing an easy recipe of Tinto de Verano and share with us how you celebrate Summer.









chicharrón de pollo (boneless deep-fried chicken bites)

Although I don’t make it that often, in this household we love chicharrón de pollo (deep-fried chicken). In fact, every time we visit an Latin restaurant, we search through the menu for this delectable dish. I mean…Who doesn’t like a good fried chicken?

chicharron de pollo

If you like fried chicken, you need to try this recipe. This Chicharrón de pollo (deep-fried chicken) recipe has been in our family for quite some time. My grandma taught me how to make it. But, What makes this recipe different? Well, We use grated onions!

The chicken is marinated in grated onions, salt and lime juice, then coated in seasoned flour and deep fried.

Unlike other fried chicken dishes, for this recipe, the chicken is cut into small bite-size pieces. I like to use boneless chicken breast or thighs.



Here is the recipe for about 4 people:

  • 2 pounds of boneless chicken breast or thighs. Cut into small pieces.
  • The juice of 1 lime.
  • 1 large onion, grated
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Oil for frying

For the seasoned flour:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

In a large bowl combined the lime juice, grated onion, salt and pepper; add the chicken and allow to marinate for a least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour with the salt, oregano, garlic powder, and black pepper. Mix well

Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the juices.

Coat the chicken with the seasoned flour.

In a deep frying pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Fry the chicken in batches until golden brown outside and completely cooked inside (about 5 minutes).

Place the chicken in a large plate lined with paper towel to absorb extra grease.

Serve with rice and beans or eat it as appetizers.

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Traditional Creamy Coleslaw

Summer is approaching and this easy and traditional creamy coleslaw is the perfect side dish for your barbeque.

easy coleslaw

Coleslaw is a salad that is commonly served as a side dish in many traditional meals; specially during the Summer. This salad is mainly prepared with shredded raw cabbage but others raw veggies can be added to it– like carrots, broccoli and even onions.