Red Wine Cocktail: The Kalimotxo

A Kalimotxo is a simple and refreshing Spanish Red Wine Cocktail made with only 2 ingredients, wine and Coke (Georgian not Colombian).

What’s A Kalimotxo?

A Kalimotxo (pronounced Ka-lee-mo-cho) is the simplest of simple drinks and the perfect way to jazz up shitty wine. It was actually created with that very purpose in mind. Legend has it that two gentleman (Kalimero and Motxo) were serving drinks at a Basque festival in the 70’s. They discovered that their red wine had gone sour and which they couldn’t sell to discerning spaniards. Instead of dumping it and closing up shop, they decided to to mask the crappy wine with Coke. The half red wine-half Coca Cola combination was a hit and BAM! The Kalimotxo was born.

What Kind of Wine Do You Use In A Kalimotxo?

Well, as I said before, it’s a great way to make crappy wine good. It’s not mandatory you use shitty wine, but you would most definitely be OK with a bottle of 3 Buck Chuck. Just make sure it’s a dry red to compliment sweetness of the soda.

OK But Coke and Wine?

Hey, man, don’t knock it till you tried it. Other variants include white wine and sprite (caliguay) or red wine and orange soda (tinto de verano). You should try em all!

Now, I want to make a point about the soda here. If you can find it, use Mexican Coke. It’s perfectly acceptable to use regular Coca Cola, but Mexican Coke is made with sugar rather than with high fructose corn syrup, which I find less cloying than the stuff we get in the states. Man, sometimes I wish high fructose corn syrup was never invented.


How Do I Make A Kalimotxo?

Start by chilling both the coke and the wine. Measure out 4 ounces of both and pour into a glass. If you wish, you could also add ice. Garnish glass with a lemon wheel and serve.

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Kalimotxo Red Wine Cocktail

Kalimotxo (or Calimocho) is a simple red wine cocktail. Adding Coca Cola is the perfect way to jazz up cheap red wine. Garnish with lemon for a summery drink.

Course Cocktails
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword Coca Cola Cocktail, Coke Cocktail, Kalimotxo Cocktail, Red Wine Cocktail
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 1
Author Matt Cetta


  • 4 Ounces Dry Red Wine
  • 4 Ounces Coca Cola or other cola
  • Lemon wheel


  1. Pour chilled red wine and Coca Cola into a glass.*
  2. Garnish with a lemon wheel to serve.

Recipe Notes

You could add ice if you want.

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6 responses to “Red Wine Cocktail: The Kalimotxo”

  1. Alright, I’m intrigued! I’ll have to give it a try!

  2. I also hate high fructose corn syrup! Yuck! I am curious about all three varieties you mentioned! Trying them all soon!

  3. Erin @ The Speckled Palate

    I’ve never heard of this before, but I really want to give it a go. Coca Cola is one of my favorite indulgences, and even though it sounds like it could be odd with wine, I bet it’s delish!

  4. Ooh, I’ve never heard of this, but I am so game to try! Love wine and Coke separately, so why wouldn’t I love it together?!

  5. Well this is simple! I want to try it now!

  6. This is seriously one of my favorite drinks!! I always save a little bit of wine so I can make one.

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