Pamplona, a Red Wine & Sherry Cocktail

Wine Cocktail, Pamplona
Photo by Meg Baggott

Courtesy Benjamin Krick, Juniper Tar, San Antonio

Red wine + Coke + Sherry (x2) = Pamplona. Inspired by Kalimotxo (Calimocho), the popular Basque mix of red wine and Coca-Cola, this is best served at room temperature, which allows the cocktail’s nuances to come forward. (Krick uses dehydrated lemon slices for garnish, but we’ve opted for a simpler piece of lemon peel.)

  • 1 ounce fino Sherry
  • 2 ounces oloroso Sherry
  • ¾ ounces red wine reduction (recipe below)
  • Lemon peel

In a mixing glass, stir together all ingredients except garnish. Strain into a Nick & Nora glass or small wine glass. Twist a lemon peel over the drink’s surface to express its oils, then drape the peel over the edge of the glass to garnish.

Red Wine Reduction Ingredients
  • 12 ounces Mexican Coca-Cola
  • 6 ounces red wine (use a full-bodied Spanish wine like Tempranillo or Garnacha)
Red Wine Reduction Directions

Reduce the ingredients separately in two small saucepans (the red wine will reduce faster). In each saucepan, simmer the liquid for about 10 minutes, or until it thickens a bit. Allow to cool. Measure the reductions again: The ratio should be 3 parts reduced Coke to 1 part reduced wine. (If you prefer ounces, 6 ounces reduced Coke to 2 ounces reduced wine.) Stir together.

Published on November 4, 2016
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Kara Newman 
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Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She’s the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip., NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening and Cocktails With a Twist, released August 2019. Email:

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