At first glance, combining red wine and cola sounds like sacrilege, but don't knock it until you try a Kalimotxo (sometimes written as it is pronounced, Calimocho). This easy-drinking combination originated in the 1920s, in the Old Port area of Algorta, a coastal town in the Basque region of Spain. The story is that organizers of a festival added cola to red wine in order to save several cases of wine that had gone bad and make them drinkable. The drink was a success, and has been enjoyed around the world since then. Kalimotxo is especially popular during the cocktail hour, paired with olives, cheese, and other snacks. You don't have to wait until you have a bottle of wine that has gone bad to make this at home; use an inexpensive red wine, something you would use for cooking. 

Photo: Photo by Huge Galdones / Food Styling by Christina Zerkis
Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins


  • 3 ounces cola

  • 3 ounces red wine

  • Ice

  • Dash bitters

  • Orange or lemon slice


  1. Combine cola and red wine in a glass. Add ice and a dash of bitters and garnish with an orange or lemon slice.

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