Kalimotxo (Spanish Wine And Cola Cocktail)

spanish wine and cola cocktail

When I made my Chicken and Chorizo Paella last weekend I originally planned to make a jug of Sangria to go with it. It was a beautiful day out so I thought it’d be the perfect cold drink for my mini Spanish feast. Unfortunately, I didn’t have quite enough time and ingredients to make a sangria so I decided to try another Spanish cocktail instead: the Kalimotxo.

To be honest when I first heard about the Kalimotxo (or ‘Calimocho’) I wasn’t really sold on the idea. Mixing red wine and cola sounded a bit strange to me and I was a bit reluctant to waste wine on a poor cocktail. After doing a bit of research though, I found out that it’s an extremely popular cocktail in Spain and so I figured that if so many Spanish people (who know a thing or two about food and drinks) were into it then it was probably worth trying.

To my surprise, the cocktail turned out to be super delicious. Somehow the sweetness of the cola perfectly sets off the red wine and topped with a lot of ice the whole thing actually tastes a lot like Sangria. So I guess it goes to show, when it comes to cocktails (or everything in life?) – don’t knock it ’till you try it! ;)

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kalimotxo cocktail

Ingredients (serves 1)

1/3 cup Cola ( I used Coke)
1/3 cup Red Wine (I used Spanish Rioja)
1/2 lemon (optional)


Pour the red wine and cola into a glass half filled with ice. Add one squeeze of lemon juice and serve garnished with a lemon slice.

Enjoy (responsibly)! xx

ps. Also check my recipe for Spanish Rebujito (a sherry cobbler cocktail)


  • Oh my gosh, really!!?? I would NEVER have thought this would go together either but I can see how it would work! Yum! Thanks for joining our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party xx

  • You are going to laugh (maybe) because I’ve read that they did this here in China too back in the 90s when red wine was becoming more available – but it was to mask the bitter taste of the red wine. Now I know the Spanish do it too maybe its not such an out there idea after all!

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