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Kalimotxo (Red Wine Cocktail)

Easy to make and easier to drink, the kalimotxo is—hands down—our favorite cocktail for day drinking and evening barbecues.

By Made In Kitchen
Jul 7, 2023
kalimotxo in wine glass
5 Minutes
1 Servings
Easy

Made from red wine, Coke, and not much else, the kalimotxo (or calimocho) is easy to make and easier to drink—a cooling low-ABV option perfect for daytime functions and cookouts. It hails from Basque Country in northern Spain, where it’s both a popular party drink and loathed by oenophiles for its “heretical” pairing of wine and soda. Respectfully, we’re siding with public opinion: It’s cheap, refreshing, and the ingredients are always easy to get a hold of—much like the same-but-different Tinto de Verano. Though we wouldn’t recommend using your best bottle of wine, a reasonably priced tempranillo or grenache does nicely.

Note: If a 1:1 ratio of wine to cola is a bit too sweet for your taste, club soda can be swapped for some of the cola or added to top off the cocktail.


Kalimotxo (Red Wine Cocktail)

Easy to make and easier to drink, the kalimotxo is—hands down—our favorite cocktail for day drinking and evening barbecues.

Made In Kitchen

5 Minutes
1 Servings
Easy
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) fruity young red wine, preferably Spanish, such as tempranillo or grenache
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 1 orange or lemon wedge
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) cola, such as Coca-Cola
  • Club soda or sparkling water (optional)
Instructions
    1.

    Add ice to a Red Wine Glass.

    2.

    Add red wine and orange bitters. Squeeze lemon into Glass.

    3.

    Top with cola (and soda, if using) and stir gently. Serve immediately.

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