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Kalimotxo (Red Wine and Coke)

Ever in need of an easy cocktail? This 2 ingredient Kalimotxo Cocktail is a mixture of red wine and coke. A traditional and refreshing Spanish cocktail!

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My summer tapas series continues with this 2-ingredient cocktail called the Kalimotxo. I started the tapas series this past week with my Pan Con Tomate and a post on what Tapas is and now continue with a cocktail to wet your whistle.

What is a Kalimotxo?

Another Spanish legend, seems like all I have are Spanish legends, tells of servers mixing red wine that is not up to par with leftover cola. Like a Cuba Libre made with wine instead of rum.

The drink servers in the tents are called “txosna” in Basque festivals and they mix the sour/subpar wine and cola and name it after two friends, Kalimero and Motxo, now Kalimotxo.

Don’t worry about trying to pronounce it with the t and the x separately because the “tx” makes a “ch” sound as in chicken. Sound it out like this: Cal-E-Mo-Cho.

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I learned of the Kalimotxo while watching The Real Housewives of New Jersey. A few of the ladies from Italy, or Italian descent, would drink red wine and Coke at lunch.

After a few episodes, I just knew I had to try it.  I thought it a little strange but totally intrigued!! Who wouldn’t be?!? I love red wine, especially Pinot Noir, and the thought of a new cocktail made with it got me a little excited.

Now I have tried weird combination before. Remember the Laverne and Shirley show? They drank milk and Pepsi together.  

Sounds strange but I tried it.  It tasted good going down but not so good coming back up if you get my drift. The Kalimotxo tastes great going down and it stays there!

Side view of Kalimotxo Sangria Red Wine and Coke

You can also think of this Kalimotxo cocktail as a sangria of sorts. Sangria is wine mixed with juice and brandy and this mixing of the red wine with cola is very similar to it.

The cola has the caramel flavors and the sweetness as the mixers do which is perfect to balance out the sour or tart wine.

Kalimotxo is typically served in short glass tumblers like these. Plenty of ice is added, then the red wine and cola. In other areas, the Kalimotxo is served in taller glasses. A hint of mint tops off the combination!

If you are not fond of cola, a sweet sparkling water will do the trick. I love the caramel flavors of the cola with the rich, cherry flavors of the wine.

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I always have half-empty cans of soda lying around thanks to my kids, and thanks to my husband I have an endless supply of red wine. The two never go to waste in my house thanks to this easy recipe!

Whether you think I am totally off my rocker or not, you must try the Kalimotxo cocktail. You will love it with all the other tapas.

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Close up of Red Wine and Cola Kalimotxo Sangria Cocktail

Kalimotxo Cocktail

Yield: 2 cocktails
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A combination of red wine and cola make this 2 ingredient cocktail a must! A traditional Kalimotxo or simple sangria of sorts that is definitely worth a try!


  • 16 ounces Red Wine (I prefer a Pinot Noir for this)
  • 16 ounces Cola (I prefer Coke)
  • mint leaves (for garnish)


  1. Mix the two ingredients together.
  2. FIll glasses with ice.
  3. Pour red wine and cola mixture over ice.
  4. Garnish with mint leaves.
  5. Enjoy!


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 306Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 0gSugar: 26gProtein: 0g

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Thursday 18th of January 2024

I was intrigued with the Kalimotxo. I enjoy Sangria and thought of this like a kissing cousin. Tried it with a Pinot Noir and SF Coke. Garnished with orange slices and topped with fresh mint. Voila...a new favorite!

Jennifer Stewart

Friday 19th of January 2024

love it!

Nkor Bulley

Sunday 18th of October 2020

Love it


Monday 20th of August 2018

This sounds really good. I like the mint as a garnish!

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