Tinto de Verano

One day during quarantine when it was too hot to be outside, I happened upon a show called Amy Schumer Learns to Cook. Now I do like Amy Schumer, but this cooking show, where she partners with chef-husband Chris Fischer, shows Amy from a totally different perspective.

I had to google Chris Fischer, and he’s no line cook at Applebees. From Martha’s Vineyard originally, he inherited the family farm, and started the Beetlebung Farmer’s Market, which includes a restaurant. Oh, and he is a James Beard award winner for the Beetlebung Farm Cookbook. The name Beetlebung kind of gives insight into the humor that bonds the two of them.

So, the guy know his chops. And for the show, he attempts to teach his wife basic cooking during their quarantine. Great concept. They’re really cute together, lower left pic. This drink requires a red vermouth called Noilly Prat, pictured below right.

This refreshing drink is reminiscent of sangria, but simpler, and not as alcoholic. It translates to “red wine of summer.”

I estimated the amounts by watching Ms. Schumer pour the first three ingredients into her pitcher. Feel free to adjust according to your taste. I don’t know what it’s “supposed” to taste like!

Tinto de Verano

1 bottle of Spanish red, chilled
2 cans Fresca, chilled
1 cup Noilly Prat rouge, chilled
Juice of 1 lemon
2 oranges, one juiced, one sliced

Pour the wine and Noilly Prat into a large pitcher.

Add the juiced lemon and orange and stir well. Toss in the sliced oranges, and save some for the glasses.

Add the fresca at the last minute. You want the tinto de verona nice and bubbly.

I added ice to two glasses instead of adding ice to the pitcher. I didn’t want it watered down, and it was hot hot hot outside.

The verdict? A perfect ratio of wine, bubbly, and sweet vermouth. I like the citrus flavors as well.

I think I might enjoy this a little bit more than traditional sangria, but I’ll continue to test…

The only negative, is that Amy Schumer Learns to Cook is only four episodes. I want more!

By Published On: June 20th, 202050 Comments

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!

50 Comments

  1. Frank Fariello June 20, 2020 at 8:38 AM - Reply

    This sounds really nice! I’ll have to try it perhaps this weekend. Preferably poolside but the forecast is pretty unstable with sun and clouds and thunderstorms at different times… But even if we’re inside this would be a nice consolation prize. ;-)

    And although I hate to admit it, before this reading post I thought Amy Schumer and Amy Poelher were the same person. I’m getting too old to keep up with popular culture…

    • chef mimi June 20, 2020 at 8:39 AM - Reply

      HAHAHAHAHAHA! Definitely different people. And that’s why I read People magazine, to try and keep up, but not sure it works! Trust me, this drink is fabulous. I hope you end up with a sunny weekend.

  2. Ronit Penso Tasty Eats June 20, 2020 at 11:42 AM - Reply

    Great summery drink. So refreshing.

    • chef mimi June 20, 2020 at 11:53 AM - Reply

      It is so so refreshing! A bit too easy to drink…

  3. Alex June 20, 2020 at 4:32 PM - Reply

    I didn’t realize there was a Noilly Prat Red! I’ve been cooking with the white one (for fish sauces and the like) for ages, but have never even seen the red one. I’ll probably try to order it online :-)

    • chef mimi June 20, 2020 at 5:58 PM - Reply

      I imagine it’s sweeter than the white? Well if you can find it, make this drink!!

  4. chezlerevefrancais June 21, 2020 at 5:10 AM - Reply

    I saw this Noilly Prat years ago but never tried it. It all sounds very summery and delicious and your photos are beautiful!

    • chef mimi June 21, 2020 at 6:32 AM - Reply

      Aw, thank you! I should have tasted it on its own. I really love Dubonnet, which is I think a sweet vermouth? Obviously I’m not very schooled on liqueurs!

  5. Abbe@This is How I Cook June 21, 2020 at 11:51 AM - Reply

    Sounds like a fun show and a great drink. I love sangria. Problem is I need someone to drink it with!

    • chef mimi June 21, 2020 at 11:58 AM - Reply

      Come visit me!!! The show was really cute. He is a very patient man – someone who’d really be a good cooking teacher, not just with his wife. And they’re both funny, but his humor is more reserved. The show ends with him telling Amy that he’s going to become a stand up comedian!!!

  6. David Scott Allen June 21, 2020 at 1:07 PM - Reply

    This also looks incredibly refreshing (similarly to the grapefruit Pisco). I didn’t know Amy had this show, so I will have to look for it. And, I had absolutely no idea that Fresca was still being made. Who knew?

    • chef mimi June 21, 2020 at 2:25 PM - Reply

      Well right now it’s hard to come by. It’s being hoarded! The show was only 4 episodes, but very entertaining!

  7. sherry June 22, 2020 at 3:45 AM - Reply

    this sounds fabulous to me. what is fresca please? an orange-flavoured drink? i like the sound of the tv show too… and the name of this drink is lovely too. love your terrific photos.

    • chef mimi June 22, 2020 at 6:37 AM - Reply

      Thank you Sherry. Fresca is a bubbly grapefruit soda. anything lemon-lime, or just really fizzy water would work well also.

  8. neil@neilshealthymeals.com June 22, 2020 at 6:45 AM - Reply

    Looks like Sangria Mimi, but you say not as alcoholic? Well OK although I do like my cocktails quite alcoholic. Hee hee! I’m impressed you’ve used my favourite Spanish Rioja there (Campo Viejo)! Maybe we have similar excellent tastes in wine? Sounds like an amazing summer drink!!

    • chef mimi June 22, 2020 at 6:49 AM - Reply

      It’s definitely not strong, since they’re basically an equal amount of wine as there is the fizzy soda. It’s very drinkable! The Tempranillo was perfect in this.

  9. All That I'm Eating June 22, 2020 at 7:15 AM - Reply

    This sounds like the perfect drink for a sunny day! How delicious.

    • chef mimi June 22, 2020 at 7:17 AM - Reply

      We had some again last evening. Definitely refreshing!

  10. thatskinnychickcanbake June 22, 2020 at 7:46 AM - Reply

    Sounds perfect for sipping around the pool this summer!! Refreshing for sure!

    • chef mimi June 22, 2020 at 7:47 AM - Reply

      It’s perfect for that! Very easy to drink and very thirst quenching!

  11. David @ Spiced June 22, 2020 at 8:16 AM - Reply

    Sounds like a great show! We do love summer cocktails, and this sounds like a really fun one. I’ll have to look for those ingredients next time I’m at the liquor store!

    • chef mimi June 22, 2020 at 8:18 AM - Reply

      I’m sad that it lasted only four episodes, cause it was really entertaining. But what a fabulous drink! Hope you can find Noilly Prat.

  12. Ron June 22, 2020 at 9:36 AM - Reply

    Mimi, what a great drink idea this is. We try to always keep a bottle or three of Cormoran Tempranillo for chilling in the summer and Noilly Prat rouge is always about, but Fresca isn’t. I didn’t even know it was still around. As I recall, it was a grapefruit-flavored sugar-free drink. Is that correct? I’ll have to see what I can substitute. But, it will be made and soon as our days are warming fast. Thanks for the inspiration to enjoy a new summertime libation…

    • chef mimi June 22, 2020 at 9:47 AM - Reply

      On the show, Amy Schumer, who first experienced this drink in Italy years ago traveling with her sister, said that it could be made with just about anything bubbly. She actually used San Pellegrino when making it, but I just have a thing about Fresca. My friends and family kid me about writing a Fresca cookbook. It’s really good in sangria, and believe it or not, really helps smooth out a margarita. Anyhoo, anything really bubbly, grapefruit-flavored or lemon-lime flavored would work.

  13. Jeff the Chef June 22, 2020 at 1:09 PM - Reply

    I caught a bit of that show, too. This cooler sounds so refreshing.

    • chef mimi June 22, 2020 at 2:03 PM - Reply

      It really is. I LOVED the show!

  14. Elena Bourke June 22, 2020 at 1:11 PM - Reply

    This looks divine! So refreshing in the summer heat.

    • chef mimi June 22, 2020 at 2:02 PM - Reply

      Hope you have a great summer!

  15. Elena June 22, 2020 at 1:13 PM - Reply

    Looks like a perfect beverage for the Texas summer! I will try it.

    • chef mimi June 22, 2020 at 2:02 PM - Reply

      Oh, it is!!!

  16. sippitysup June 22, 2020 at 3:08 PM - Reply

    Versions of this drink are HUGELY popular in Spain. Madrileños love nothing more than a glass light mix of vermouth, especially at the pre-lunch ‘hora de vermut‘ when its enjoyed with olives or tapas. I’ve been considering a post on it and have even bought a couple of bottles of Spanish Vermut! GREG

    • chef mimi June 22, 2020 at 3:50 PM - Reply

      Nice! My daughter lived in Valencia for a summer, and got turned on to sangria, and she makes it better than anyone. But I don’t think she’d come across this. What I couldn’t believe was how restaurants wouldn’t even open until 10 or 11 at night. My idea of hell!

  17. Katherine | Love In My Oven June 22, 2020 at 10:54 PM - Reply

    I need to check out this show, because it sounds super cute! Great looking cocktail Mimi!

    • chef mimi June 23, 2020 at 6:29 AM - Reply

      It really is cute. They’re adorable together. I don’t think anyone would thing that of my husband trying to teach me to cook! There would be a lot of swearing!

  18. Tandy | Lavender and Lime June 23, 2020 at 2:51 AM - Reply

    I must look for Noilly Prat when we are in France (hopefully in October) as I have never seen it here :)

    • chef mimi June 23, 2020 at 6:31 AM - Reply

      I had a friend bring it from a big city liquor store, here in the US, but no idea about where you live. I remember bringing back creme de cassis from France, about 20 years ago, and then finding out it’s pretty commonplace! Who knew?!!

  19. Cynthia | What A Girl Eats June 23, 2020 at 11:56 AM - Reply

    Who knew? I love Amy Schumer! I’ll have to tell my daughters…they’d love to check this out too!

    • chef mimi June 23, 2020 at 4:03 PM - Reply

      Hahahahaha! She’s pretty funny on this show, and the way they interact is adorable.

  20. Eva Taylor June 23, 2020 at 12:30 PM - Reply

    Early on quarantine, I also stumbled upon their little show, very cute. This drink looks and sounds delicious, perfect for the heat we’ve been experiencing these days.

    • chef mimi June 23, 2020 at 4:03 PM - Reply

      It was very cute, and sadly, short lived. But I actually got a few recipes from it, so that’s fabulous!

  21. kitchenriffs June 24, 2020 at 9:46 AM - Reply

    What an outstanding beverage! Definitely one I’ll be trying. And an interesting way to use Fresca!

    • chef mimi June 24, 2020 at 10:54 AM - Reply

      It can be bubbly water or any citrusy fizzy soda. But definitely outstanding.

  22. cookingontheweekends June 24, 2020 at 11:52 AM - Reply

    I had many Tinto de Veranos when I was in Spain this past summer. Not exactly sure what was in those I had, but this version you’re sharing sounds delicious. Having one poolside would be lovely! :-) ~Valentina

    • chef mimi June 24, 2020 at 12:14 PM - Reply

      I believe you! They’re so good and drinkable!

  23. Linger June 25, 2020 at 10:11 AM - Reply

    This drink sounds fantastic. I do love red vermouth and I love how simple this recipe is. Sangria can be a little more complex, although I truly enjoy a good sangria. Also, I will have to check out their show. It sounds really sweet. Thanks for sharing.

    • chef mimi June 28, 2020 at 8:20 AM - Reply

      I love sangria as well, and I feel it also has to have a significant bubbly component, so I use Fresca in it as well! But this drink is a bit smoother, and easier to drink, which could be a good or bad thing!

  24. jenniferguerrero1 June 28, 2020 at 1:08 PM - Reply

    This sounds wonderful! I can’t remember the last time I had Fresca!

    • chef mimi June 28, 2020 at 3:43 PM - Reply

      HAHAHAHAHAHA! Well, I use it a lot. My friends and family tease me about writing a Fresca cook book! (Of course it would only be drinks!)

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