Kalimoxto The Poor Man’s Sangria


A Kalimoxto is a simple and refreshing Spanish Cocktail made with 2 ingredients, wine and Coke(Georgian not Columbian). It’s the perfect way to make bad wine good again!

What’s A Kalimoxto?

A Kalimoxto (pronounced Kal-ee-mo-cho) is the simplest of simple drinks and the perfect way to jazz up shitty wine. It was actually created for that very purpose. Legend has it, that two gentleman (Kalimero and Motxo) at a Basque festival in the 70’s were stuck serving red wine that had soured. Instead of throwing out the wine and closing up shop, they mixed equal parts red wine and Coke together and bam, the Kalimoxto was born.

What Kind of Wine?

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. I find it less cloying than American Coke. Man, sometimes I wish high fructose corn syrup was never invented.

How Do I Make it?

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 and serve.

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Kalimoxto (or Calimocho) aka "Poor Man's Sangria". Adding Coca Cola is the perfect way to Jazz up cheap red wine. Garnish with lemon for a summery drink.
Total Time 1 minute
Author Matthew 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 comments on “Kalimoxto The Poor Man’s Sangria

  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. 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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