Relaxation, good music, a glass of red wine, and a splash of Coke? The last two items in that list may not seem like a recipe for the perfect mixer, but millions of Spanish teens would beg to differ. A long-time favorite of Spain since the 1970s, and now for many other European nations, the Kalimotxo (cal-ee-mo-cho) only requires a neat 50/50 mix of sangria and genuine Coca-Cola served over a gratuitous amount of ice.
Kalimotxo Is All About the Ingredients
Typical sangria recipes only need a simple red wine to create a pleasing refreshment, but you can always experiment with a sparkling Moscato or a fragrant rose. You shouldn’t hesitate at choosing options on the cheaper side since the character of the wine will bear little influence on this delicious treat.
If you are in a hurry, you can always serve a Kalimotxo immediately by chilling it over ice, or you can really let the many flavors mingle together in your refrigerator for most of the day before mixing in the cola. A basic sangria and cola mix should follow a recipe like the one below, but feel free to add additional fruit or other exciting garnishes.
Kalimotxo Ingredients you will need:
- 4 ounces of red wine (Sangria)
- 4 ounces of cola
- Fresh lemon juice to taste
- Fruit garnishes of your choice
- Ice-filled glass
Kalimotxo Recipe Instructions:
- Pour cola into large glass filled with ice.
- Add 4 oz of your favorite Sangria.
- Squeeze in lemon juice to suit your taste.
- Add a slice of orange, lemon, lime, or even pineapple before serving.
It’s recommended to use a cola that is sweetened with genuine cane sugar and not high fructose corn syrup whenever possible. The drink is still delicious no matter what you use, but there is a difference in flavor that many prefer when using real sugar and not substitutes.
Protect Your Smile and Tastebuds When Enjoying a Kalimotxo
A night out or at home just isn’t perfect without a glass of sangria wine mixed with cola and fruit. While this is a terrific refreshment no matter where you are, the stains that are left behind on your teeth can affect your smile. Avoid embarrassing dinginess created by drinking your favorite reds and use a wine wipe to brighten your grin for the rest of the evening quickly.
These handy small cleaning towels are made of disposable cloth-like material. It contains hydrogen peroxide and citrus essences to help clean away any discoloration and aftertastes after drinking your favorite Kalimotxo recipe. Wine wipes are small enough to tuck away into your purse or wallet easily and are an absolute lifesaver for impromptu photo moments at social gatherings.
Create Your Own Kalimotxo Recipes to Try With Your Friends
One of the appeals of mixed drinks is the variety you can add to your experience by contributing your own unique ingredients and flavors. This experimentation does take away from the more traditional recipe, but Kalimotxo mixers are supposed to be fun.
Some extras you could try in your next sangria and coke cocktail are:
- Herbs like thyme, cardamom, or a hint of mint
- Squeezed fruit rinds at the bottom of your glass for extra flavor
- Add in a little extra punch with a shot of your favorite spirit
- Use a variety of soda flavors to play with the overall taste of your wine
You should also think of ways to save any leftover bottled sangria from this recipe that you can’t finish. Consider making a popsicle or ice cubes with this bit of remaining extra so you can enjoy another sweet treat later in the week.