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A recipe for Kalimotxo, red wine and coke. Kalimotxo drink. Red wine and coke. kalimotxo recipe.

So, coke and red wine probably sounds horrible to you. It’s not. Hear me out. Kalimotxo is a really simple and really refreshing drink. My dear friend Karin turned me on to them. In Boise, which is where I am from, there is this amazing Basque restaurant Bar Gernika. They serve Kalimotxos there, and I always try to get one, and their croquetas, which are amazing. I was skeptical at first because like you, I thought coke and red wine would be disgusting. I could blab on about how coke balances out nicely with cheap wine, but I won’t. Just make it, and you will be happy. It’s easy, yummy, and I like the caffeine, helpful when you’re super lazy and drinking. Give it a chance!
♥ Teri

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Serves 3 to 4

3 cups (24 ounces) red wine (preferably NOT expensive)
2 cups (16 ounces) cola cola
lots of ice

1. Pour ingredients into a pitcher and stir. Pour into individual glasses and serve.

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Not Specified Not Specified

    Yes please! Cool idea!

  2. Sally - My Custard Pie Not Specified Not Specified

    No! No! No! Both an abberation (SH and Coke) but together….beyond anything. However, your pics and blog are gorgeous so I’ll forgive you this time!! :) Sangria is another topic altogether…

  3. Sabrina Not Specified Not Specified

    In Chile this drink is called JOTE and is very popular :D

  4. Mademoiselle Meese Not Specified Not Specified

    That sounds so interesting. I might have to try this. I can’t even imaging what that takes like.


  5. Meredith Not Specified Not Specified

    I spent my junior year of college in Madrid, and this was REALLY common. The Spanish students bought plastic liter bottles of coke and boxes of red wine and got drunk in the park. They called it botellón there.

    • rs242 Not Specified Not Specified

      Botellon is the name given to the meeting of a lot people drinking in public spaces. The drink itself, is called Kalimotxo in the whole Spain (or Calimocho in Spanish spelling).

      Greetings from Barcelona

      • cocidodesopa Not Specified Not Specified

        That’s right. That’s the proper explanation for what “botellón” is and what “kalimotxo” is. But it is also true that this drink has become very popular in informal gatherings, and it is, as well, a cheap way for young people to have fun in the streets.


  6. Natalie Not Specified Not Specified

    I used to drink this when I lived in Spain! It sounds weird but it’s actually not bad at all. And a great way to use up red wine that may not taste so good plain. The locals told me at the time that it was originally a popular drink for the grunge-y, skateboarding teens but caught on with everyone else, too. Thanks for posting this! I am sensing a Spanish theme as of late and am loving it.

    • cocidodesopa Not Specified Not Specified

      Hi, Natalie. Well, I don’t quite agree with what you say about kalimotxo being a popular drink for the grunge-y and skateboarding teens but that caught on everyone else. This drink dates back from the early 70’s, and I’m afraid no grunge-y or skateboarding teens existed then. It’s a popular drink among teens because it’s cheap and very easy to prepare. Young people buy the drinks and make kalimotxo in the parks, up to late night, as a way to have fun in a cheap way. Let’s say that it is an outdoors drink.


  7. Amy Powell Not Specified Not Specified

    oh that actually sounds really good. I’ll have to give it a go!

  8. Cat Not Specified Not Specified

    Awesome! Young people in Croatia drink a mixture of white wine and coke, called Bambus (pronounced bam-boos). So yummy!

  9. Andrea Not Specified Not Specified

    I really want to try this! Thanks!

  10. ary Not Specified Not Specified

    ahahah my grandfather does this drink, I thought it was only him. He also likes to mix red wine and sprite :-D!

  11. jason Not Specified Not Specified

    Its called a “House Special”

  12. Erica Not Specified Not Specified

    I can’t imagine how this could be good, but I trust you that it is! I can definitely see myself making this one day, in a fit of craziness/brilliance (depending on the outcome, of course!)

  13. A Charmed Life Not Specified Not Specified

    Your post looks quite tasty :)

    A friend of mine used to make this in summer. She’s from Spain and calls it “Tinto de Verano” (summer wine). I like it a lot!

    Maja x

  14. Tengo un horno y se como usarlo Not Specified Not Specified

    Well, you made my day. I could never imagine of a Kalimotxo in a blog, and you did it. I am Spanish myself, and my husband comes from the basque country and this is the inexpensive drink they had ther instead of beer. You got his secret: nerver put a good red wine into kalimotxo, and have it with friends.

    I am still smiling at your post.


  15. Beth Not Specified Not Specified

    I love to drink these. It’s a wine drinkers energy drink. I’ve also heard that it’s best to use really cheap wine. So great!

  16. aida mollenkamp Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m not sure what I love more: a) that you guys posted one of my fave cocktails from college or b) that you embraced the cheap wine theory and made it with Sutter Home! ;)

  17. Eileen Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow! Uh. That does sound very strange on first glance, but I’m willing to give it a try. After all, the Squiggy (Pepsi and milk, like they used to make on Laverne and Shirley–almost like a root beer float without the float) is far better than it would appear. I’m definitely jealous of the beautiful pitcher too!

  18. bridesmaid dresses Not Specified Not Specified

    I was very pleased to find this site.I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

  19. Miriam/The Winter Guest Not Specified Not Specified

    LOL… the cheapest and least sophisticated thing you can drink in Spain in a blog, Internet never ceases to amaze me. This is a real party drink…

  20. Grisel Not Specified Not Specified

    In Peru we use red wine and Orange Soda almost like a cheap sangria hahah

  21. Eveline Not Specified Not Specified

    In Brazil we called “Porta Aberta” (Door opened), cause you gonna drinking and drinking and you never know when the door is gonna close (or get drunk)! I loved your blog, the pics are fantastic!!!

  22. MMom Not Specified Not Specified

    My husband (in his mid-fifties) and his family drank Mogen David and Coke growing up. In the German/Polish/Croatian midwest, no less. I might would prefer a somewhat drier red than MD, but to each his own, I suppose.

  23. Sarah from 20something cupcakes Not Specified Not Specified

    I will totally back you guys up on this. I knew a family from the Basque region in Spain, and they always drank this…it’s very European-chic! ;)

  24. Bev @ Bev Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    Shuuuut up! I have GOT to try this. Fo da real.

  25. Toni Not Specified Not Specified

    Soooo nice :) but gives you the worst hangovers EVER! ;)

  26. Ellen Not Specified Not Specified

    Well if the Basque are doing it, by all means…haha. No really, this sounds like but could be good. I’m giving it a whirl.

  27. Christina Not Specified Not Specified

    I…am all over this. Whyyyyy did I not have it for my beach vacation?! I’m pretty sure I can only drink 1 b/c of the sugar in Coke, but I’d make it a good one.

  28. Jessica Not Specified Not Specified

    This is a new one…going to try it!

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  30. Psyche Castillon Not Specified Not Specified

    Never thought of this before, but will try this the next time I have the two drinks around. :) Thanks for the idea.

  31. Cynthia Not Specified Not Specified

    I am so going to try this!

  32. Taylor Not Specified Not Specified

    My mister is Basque and he turned me on to these. They ARE good! It sounds strange at first, but it’s a great way to use red wine that you don’t want to go bad. I love your cute gif of it too!

  33. Elodie Not Specified Not Specified

    I remember drinking (a fair amount) of it in Summer in Spain. I usually don’t like Coke (I know, boooo on me) but with wine, it tastes much better. So thanks ladies for reminding me of it and of past summers as a teenager!

  34. Brittany Not Specified Not Specified

    You’re right, this does sound odd, but those are usually the types of things that end up being most delicious! I can definitely get down with a drink that’s this easy to prepare, AND calls for cheap wine! :)

  35. Metamorfica Not Specified Not Specified

    It’s the standard Spanish frowned-upon drink for pennyless young’ns. It’s something you do and then you deny having done it forever. And, by the way, Tinto de Verano is wine and lemonade (tinto con limon) or wine and sweet soda (tinto con blanca) and THAT is refreshing and cool and so very Spanish summer.

  36. Kristi Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m from Boise too and I love the Bar Gernika shout out! I love this post and this blog, keep up the good work! Cheers

  37. Jimena Not Specified Not Specified

    I love this drink!!

    Found it when I moved to Spain and love it!!

  38. joey Not Specified Not Specified

    OMG!!! This brings back so many good memories! This is THE drink on the streets during the San Fermin festivities, running of the bulls, in Pamplona! I went after university with friends and suffice to say we had an awesome time :)

  39. Vesna Not Specified Not Specified

    I can’t belive – bambus(croatian)!! this drink bears a guilt of lot of my horor hangovers till age of 18. never again :) I didn’t know that it’s so common all around Meditteranean, i thought it was result of Croatian resourcefulness, wich really comes out when it comes to drinking! :))))

  40. biscayenne Not Specified Not Specified

    XD you´ve made me very happy with this post. He ein the Basque Country, kalimotxo is almost the official drink, mostly on friendly gatherings and popular feasts…

    Thank you for giving it a try, and spreading the recipe among the blogosphere. It is better to use cheap wine, and a final touch of strawberry or blackberry liquor.

    Greetings from Bilbao to the basque community of Boise!!!

  41. Mikel Posh Not Specified Not Specified

    AMAZING! The fact that Kalimotxo made it to a food and drink blog just makes my day. I come from Algorta, a small town in the Basque Country where supossedly kalimotxo was invented in some festivities here…

    This is our local summer drink… cheers to that!



  42. Intxaurtsu Not Specified Not Specified

    Uau, uau, uau…. Brilliant…. only someone from out of Basque Country could sell our kalimotxo as something so exotic as you have done. I love it!!! I drank litres and litres when I was a teenager (because it’s a teen’s drink)….. tht’s the reason why we’re having so many difficulties to come out of the crisis, anyone can sell our product better than us….

  43. Nikki Not Specified Not Specified

    I used to drink this when I lived in Rome and had completely forgotten about the drink (which seriously was so fun and tasty!) Can’t wait to bring it back!

  44. Sarah{High Styling} Not Specified Not Specified

    Ok, so I tried this skeptically, hours after I read about it. And I am a believer! Love this, thanks!

  45. betronica Not Specified Not Specified

    I just read about this drink in the last issue of Saveur and am planning on serving it at my next shin dig! I can’t wait to try it!

  46. corbata Not Specified Not Specified

    hey guys, i need to tell you something , here in chile this its call JOTE and have more that 30th years old we creat this drink. Cheers and enjoy the Real Jote with Chilean wine

  47. Greg Not Specified Not Specified

    This drink is taken for many years in Chile. We call it “Jote”

  48. Erin Not Specified Not Specified

    Love Kalimotxos!!! May not be authentic to do so, but it is delicious with a spritz of fresh orange juice and a slice of orange in the drink. Yum!

  49. it'sme Not Specified Not Specified

    travelled spain and lived with a family one summer in high school and lived there again in college (where my dorm had a bar in the lobby) and no matter where we were, kalimotxo was very very popular… it sounds terrible and just plain wrong, i know. but it is really good! “tinto” (short for “tinto de verano” — red wine + sprite) was also very popular. you’ve made me miss spain and now i will be sure to serve these at upcoming summer parties; thanks!

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  51. Ellen Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh man, I made this last night and it is indeed terrific. And WAY too easy to suck down in the summer heat;)

  52. Emily Not Specified Not Specified

    I’ve always known this as a “Spanish Harlem”. Funny that it actually seems to have some Basque heritage. Very refreshing!

  53. Ari Not Specified Not Specified

    Greetings and Eskerrik Asko (thank you) from the Basque Country!

  54. bg Not Specified Not Specified

    Does this work with diet Coke?

  55. Martina Not Specified Not Specified

    that’s so funny…in croatia we call it BAMBUS… and it really is nota fancy drink… but once in a while it’s quite ok

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  57. Hiren Modi Not Specified Not Specified

    I come to know about you by recent blog post on HGTV. It’s quite funny to drink Coke with red wine. But, I am using Jal-Jeera powder with coke. It’s an Indian beverage, or else the powder used to flavor this drink. I’m from India and quite hard to get red wine. But, I am quite excited to try it with Coke. Can you suggest me any alternative which make more fun with coke?

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  60. Senq Not Specified Not Specified

    You can also try Fernet Branca with coke and a slice of lime, it’s very popular in Argentina.
    Tequila Olmeca blanco with a shot of espresso and coke, its a good kick when you’re tired and you want something to wake you up. Cheers!

  61. coni Not Specified Not Specified

    In my country, Chile, this drink is called Jote. That’s good to know that in other places

  62. Erin Not Specified Not Specified

    This sounds interesting….could it be done with a dessert red wine or must it be a dry red? In drinking wine in general I will only drink the desserts, so that is why I ask. I know that obviously soda will bring a lot of sweetness to it. Thanks for your help! I’ll definitely give it a try either way! :)

  63. TimeLord Not Specified Not Specified

    Very well known in Slovakia and Czech Republic.

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  65. Edu Not Specified Not Specified

    You might find me pedantic, but the plural for “kalimotxo” is neither “kalimotxos” nor “kalimotxoes”, but “kalimotxoak”. it’s Basque.

  66. creampalace Not Specified Not Specified

    Hi, this is a faithful from Nigeria and must say this blog is inspiring,no matter how much u think u know already u keep learning from d posts and most especially from blog visitors .

    We have a drink similar to that here, u mix any blackcurrant cordial with sprite and fanta with or without alcohol it’s called Chapman

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  68. Julia Not Specified Not Specified

    In rural Namibia and South Africa it is known as Punya Punya. Pineapple Fanta and beer is another one to try.

  69. Ringo Huff Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow to be honest I was skeptical at first with this mix. But Im a believer yo! Not the combination many people will accept. I heard in Japan many young drinkers have been doing this mix for a while.

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