SPONSORED Being something of a wine girl, I feel slightly pained to confess this, but here goes: I like to mix red wine with Coca-Cola. My chef brother clued me into this guilty little pleasure a few summers ago, so imagine my surprise when a dining writer for The New York Times included the drink in its summer drinks guide. Has the veil of shame lifted from the mixing of these two drinks together? Alright, Kalimotxo. Challenge accepted. Kalimotxo (say: kal-ee-mo-cho) is a popular summer refresher in Spain—and who could argue with the country who brought us Jamón ibérico, tapas, and José Andrés? This easy drink is a 50/50 mix of inexpensive red wine and Coca-Cola served over ice. Yes, it has an actual exotic name! Drink it and don't tell anyone what it really is! Kalimotxo is a perfect and extremely easy alternative for probably my most favorite summer drink, Sangria. Sangria is for the most part easy to make when you have the time, and always a good idea for an outdoor party. I’ve even blogged a few times about my favorite variations, but in reality it’s not always conducive for a relaxing evening at home. Who always has variety of pre-cut citrus fruits, berries, and the proper liqueurs at the ready on a random Tuesday night when you're just looking for a quick and easy (and cheap!) drink? For me, it’s also a Saturday afternoon favorite, especially after a late Friday night! The soda’s caffeine (and sugar) works well as a little extra pick-me-up. Yes, it does have a healthy amount of sweetness, but it works, as it has that tasty sweet with spice and fruit character going on—like a grown up Cherry Coke. I prefer to brighten up the flavor a little more by adding some extra acidity with a few slices of citrus—lemon, orange. A Kalimotxo is a really good way to use up the bit of extra red wine that was left sitting out on the counter overnight.
Kalimotxo You will need: Red Wine (Obviously, a Spanish red works well in this situation—most have a generous helping of spice and fruit on the palate—and it’s a no-brainer to find an inexpensive wine in this department. My pick: Protocolo Red made up of 100 percent Tempranillo. Coca-Cola. Bonus points for using Cane Sugar Coke / Mexican Coke or an all-natural alternative like Q Kola. Fill a lowball or Collins glass with ice, pour wine and coke as an even 50/50 mix. Garnish with a lemon or orange. Enjoy with the satisfaction of knowing that this was written about as an acceptable and trendy thing to do when someone gives you grief about it. Cheers! —Lindsey Coleman, @surdyksliquor