Kalimotxo (Calimocho) Cocktail Recipe



By Michael Halualani


  • red wine
  • cola


An interesting mixture commonly quaffed throughout the bars of Spain and several other European locales, kalimotxo, which comes from the Basque language, is made easily enough by mixing red wine with some sort of Cola. Any red wine will do, although in this case cheaper is better.

A standard mix is half wine and half cola, but I prefer about 2/3 wine to 1/3 cola. Obviously the measurements can be changed to fit your personal preference. I find it best when drunk out of a tall glass filled with ice. Some people might cringe at the thought of drinking ice cold red wine, which happens all too often here in Japan! However, give it a try and I’m sure you’ll enjoy this light and flavorful drink. If you are looking to add a little extra flavor you can top it off with a splash of grenadine or blackberry liquer. To score extra style points, garnish the glass with a cherry or an orange slice.