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"Tinto de verano," translated as red wine of summer, is a popular refreshment in the summer in Spain. Use any red wine and a lemon-flavored soft drink to create the drink's hallmark carbonation. Clark Gudas Buy Photos

Drinking in the summer can be a hassle. It's hot and humid, and some drinks won't taste the same under a ninety-degree sun with no cloud cover. Here are some refreshing options that can be made in under five minutes.


Tinto de verano

A popular summer drink in Spain, "tinto de verano," which translates as red wine of summer, is a great way to stay fresh in the summer heat. In the same family as sangria and easier to prepare, this drink may taste like a lightly-alcoholic fruit soda. Prepare for an afternoon siesta after a few of these, because you'll need one. 


"Tinto de verano," translated as red wine of summer, is a popular refreshment in the summer in Spain. Use any red wine and a lemon-flavored soft drink to create the drink's hallmark carbonation. Clark Gudas Buy Photos


Ingredients

Any red wine

Sunkist Lemon Soda, or Diet 7-Up

Slice of lemon


Directions

1. Fill a highball glass with several ice cubes.

2. Pour wine one-third of the way to the top.

3. Pour the Sunkist Lemon Soda or Diet 7-Up to the top.

3. Garnish with lemon.


Mermaid mule

Add some summer tang to your standard mule.


The Mermaid Mule is made of vodka, Blue Curaçao, lime juice and ginger beer. The Blue Curaçao is flavored from the dried peel of the Lahara citrus fruit. Clark Gudas Buy Photos


Ingredients (makes 3 servings)

6 oz. vodka

3 oz. blue curçao

3 oz. lime juice

1 oz. ginger beer

Slice of lime


Directions

1. Split the vodka, blue curaçao and lime juice evenly into three glasses.

2. Fill with ice, and top them off with ginger beer. 

3. Garnish with lime.


Moscato Margarita 

If you’re a fan of margaritas and moscato, the moscato margarita is the drink for you. All you'll need for this refreshing pink drink, aside from the few ingredients, is a blender.


The Moscato Margarita uses moscato, silver tequila and triple sec as well as strawberries, lime, sugar and ice. Aside from the few ingredients, all that is needed to make this drink is a blender. Buy Photos


Ingredients (makes four servings): 

¼ cup sugar

Garnishes — limes or strawberries

12 oz. of silver tequila 

1 cup chopped strawberries

8 oz. moscato

8 oz. triple sec

½ cup lime juice

2 cups ice 


Directions

1. Combine tequila, strawberries, moscato, triple sec, lime juice and ice in a blender. 

2. Blend until smooth and divide mixture between glasses. 


Tequila Lemonade

Sometimes making a margarita takes too long and costs too much, but there’s a way to avoid the cost of a margarita and still get a great taste. With just three ingredients — one being ice — you can make the perfect “margarita.” The lemonade-to-tequila ratio is up to you, but beware, even if you don’t taste the tequila, she is surely there.


Jose Cuervo Gold tequila mixed with Minute Maid lemonade makes for a great low-budget, summer drink. It can be poured over ice and made in under five minutes. Buy Photos


Ingredients:

Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila

Minute Maid Lemonade

Ice


Directions

1. Combine ingredients in glass and stir.  

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