Spirit Cruises Summer 2019 Leaderboard

Kalimotxo - Red Wine with Coca Cola

Kalimotxo - Red Wine with Coca Cola

Unless you were lounging around Spain recently (and if so, we are terribly jealous), the term kalimotxo (cali-mocho) probably doesn’t ring a bell for you. And that’s no surprise. Despite my best Google searching and harassment of friends “in the know,” I couldn’t find one Philadelphia-area restaurant with it on the menu.

Then again, that’s no surprise. As a wine gal, I take wine seriously. I don’t drink the bad stuff if I can help it. And I don’t encourage others to, either. I am sorry, but I will not condone your choice of white zinfandel or anything by Yellowtail. Can’t do it.

So why then, would I introduce you, dear readers, to kalimotxo -- a beverage one can only describe as a desperate attempt to upgrade horrible wine into barely drinkable wine? Let’s say this one is in the name of education.

Like many cocktails, the origins of this mixture are muddy, but we know it gained popularity in the 70s. The legend goes that at a festival, a vendor took a sip of the red wine he was hawking and realized it was bad. Really bad. Lost, he mixed equal parts of the wine and a bottle of Coca Cola he had nearby, threw in some ice, and sold that instead. And people drank it.

The resulting blend, as you can guess, is super sweet. It’s a little syrupy, a little fruity and a lot unusual. My husband, who enjoys waxing sentimental about his time studying abroad in Barcelona years ago, describes it as something akin to a “chocolate-covered fruit dessert.”

While Americans never got on the bandwagons and brought the drink to our bar menus, lots of countries sell oodles of it, including Chile, Bosnia, the Czech Republic and Germany. It’s cheap and simple, and since it’s pretty easy to drink, its become quite popular with the younger crowds.

Wanna give it a go? While, as I mentioned, you won’t find it on a menu, I wouldn’t be surprised if a barkeep at an area Spanish restaurant would be willing to mix up a glass for you. Or you can DIY, mixing equal parts of red wine (go with an affordable rioja that is drinkable on its own but not so lovely that you’d be ruining it with this recipe) and Coke into a one-liter pitcher -- what the cool Spanish kids call a “mini.” Serve in tumblers or highballs over packed ice.


Melissa Auman Greiner is a born and bred Philly girl with a soft spot for the city's growing food and wine scenes, leafy green squares and sultry summers. Just don't get her started on the inadequacy of SEPTA. With nearly 10 years of experience covering the city for a variety of newspapers, magazines and websites, it hasn't just been her pleasure to visit Philly's best bars and restaurants -- it's been her job. And with an advanced certification from the International Sommelier Guild under her belt, she brings her city savvy and wine know-how together to deliver Drink Philly readers the latest info on Philly vino.


Related Articles:

Cocktail Talk: Colin Shearn on the Manhattan

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Behind the Bar: Bartender Barry (Johnson)

Behind the Bar: Bartender Barry (Johnson)

In this installment of Behind the Bar, we sit down with Barry Johnson, better known as "Bartender Barry" of Instagram and as cocktail catering special...read more ›

by Drink Philly Feb 9, 2022
Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Whether it's to enjoy the first warm breezes of spring or the unexpected sunshine of a crisp day in fall, Philadelphia is full of great places to drin...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 11, 2019
Victory Brewing's New Philadelphia Location on the Parkway Now Open

Victory Brewing's New Philadelphia Location on the Parkway Now Open

Victory Brewing Co just launched their newest venture right in the heart of Philadelphia, making the former TG...read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 26, 2021
SPONSORED
The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

Here it is - the definitive list of Philadelphia's best cocktail bars....read more ›

by Drink Philly Dec 13, 2017
Philly Cider Week Returns This Year, October 26-31

Philly Cider Week Returns This Year, October 26-31

Cider fans rejoice because after taking a hiatus last year, Philly Cider Week is back for it's third year....read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 14, 2021
 Victory's New Philadelphia Brewery on the Parkway to Open this Fall

Victory's New Philadelphia Brewery on the Parkway to Open this Fall

Victory Brewing Co. is opening its first Philadelphia taproom and brewery in the heart of Center City at 1776 ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 12, 2021
Drink Philly's Red, White, & Blue Boat Party, July 1

Drink Philly's Red, White, & Blue Boat Party, July 1

Party on a yacht down the Delaware River in style with a three hour open bar, a dinner buffet, and a live DJ all included with your ticket....read more ›

by Drink Philly Jun 4, 2021
Local Winery Spotlight: Vox Vineti Wines

Local Winery Spotlight: Vox Vineti Wines

Ed Lazzerini says his goal is clear - to make world class wine in Pennsylvania. From the taste of it, he is well on his way. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 21, 2020
Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Whether it's for the holidays or you have a special birthday coming up, Philadelphia has some amazing options when it comes to event spaces. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 26, 2018
The History of The Boulevardier Cocktail - and How You Can Make it at Home

The History of The Boulevardier Cocktail - and How You Can Make it at Home

In this history segment, we take a closer look at a classic cocktail: The Boulevardier....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Nov 2, 2020
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close