The Perfectly Proportioned Kalimotxo (Calimocho)

This classic blend of red wine and cola (don't knock it 'til you've tried it) is one of Spain's most popular wine cocktails. Here's how to get the perfect balance.
The simple beauty of a well-made Kalimotxo / Getty

Courtesy Morgan Schick, BV Hospitality, San Francisco

Not sure what to do with that tiny splash of leftover red? Add some cola, and you’ve got a Kalimotxo (or Calimocho), Spain’s most popular cocktail. Hailing from the Basque region, the drink has earned a dedicated following worldwide. Morgan Schick, of the San Francisco mixology group “The Bon Vivants,” says that the ratio used below makes for a perfectly proportioned cocktail.

Simple Cocktail Recipes for Leftover Wine
  • 3 ounces red wine
  • 1 ounce cola
  • Lemon twist (for garnish)

In rocks glass filled with ice, combine wine and cola. Stir gently. Garnish with lemon twist.

Published on March 15, 2018

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