Kalimotxo: A Red Wine and Coke Cocktail

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Everything you need to know for making a Kalimotxo, also known as a Calimocho cocktail! This easy drink is from Spain and it’s made with two ingredients: red wine and coke. It’s a mixed drink that has a refreshing taste and is perfect for parties and gatherings.

Kalimotxo, also known as Calimocho, is a delicious and refreshing drink that originates from the Basque region of Spain. Kalimotxo is made by combining red wine with cola, and is a popular choice for those looking for an alternative to the traditional glass of wine.

While this drink is often enjoyed on its own, it can also be paired with food. This versatile drink can be enjoyed in many ways, and it will surely please everyone at your next gathering.

Red wine and coke in a glass with ice.

I’m not sure where I first heard about red wine and coke, but I was immediately intrigued. The idea of a refreshing drink made with red wine and cola sounded perfect for a summer day. So, of course, I had to try it for myself! I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious it was.

The sweetness of the cola paired perfectly with the tartness of the wine. It was refreshing and surprisingly light, despite being made with two relatively heavy ingredients.

Ever since that first taste, kilamotxo has become one of my go-to drinks when I want something special. I always get compliments when I make it for friends, and they are always shocked at how easy it is to make.

If you’ve never tried kalimotxo, I highly recommend giving it a try. You might just find yourself falling in love with it as I did! It’s perfect after a long day of work.

What does Kalimotxo mean?

Kalimotxo is a Basque word that means “red wine with Coke.” It’s pronounced “kal-ee-moh-choh.”

How to Make This Kalimotxo Recipe

This is a simple cocktail to make. It’s made by mixing red wine and coke in a ratio of equal parts red wine and coke. Serve this drink with plenty of ice.

Can of coca-cola with a bottle of red wine and two glasses.


Red Wine – The best red wine for a Kalimotxo is any dry red wine that has good acidity. See our recommendations below.

Classic Coca-Cola – This works best for this recipe. You can also use diet coke to keep the sugar count lower.

Here is how you make it in 3 easy steps:

1. Pour the red wine into a glass.

2. Add Coca-Cola over the top.

3. Garnish with a slice of lime, if desired.

Best Red Wine for Kalimotxo

It’s best to use a Spanish wine to make this drink if you can. Some of the best varietals of red wine for Kalimotxo include Spanish Tempranillo, Argentinian Malbec, and Chilean Carmenere.

These wines have robust flavors that can stand up to the cola and are also high in acidity, which helps to balance out the sweetness of the drink.

There are many types of red wines from Spain. Some of the most popular include:

Rioja – Rioja is a red wine that’s made in the Rioja region of Spain. It’s a dry wine with a fruity flavor. Rioja is made from the Tempranillo grape.

Tempranillo – A red wine that’s made in Spain. It’s a dry wine with a fruity flavor. Tempranillo is made from the Tempranillo grape.

Grenache – A dry Spanish wine with a fruity flavor.

Malbec – A red wine that’s made in Argentina. It’s a dry wine with a fruity flavor. Malbec is made from the Malbec grape and they are typically full-bodied with high tannins. This drink made with Malbec wine is sure to be a hit at your next gathering!

Pouring coke into a glass with red wine to make a Kalimotxo recipe.

Recipe Variations

Kalimotxo can be enjoyed as is, or you can switch things up by adding a squeeze of lemon or lime.

Pineapple juice can be added to red wine and coke to make a delicious and refreshing drink. Simply combine equal parts of pineapple juice, red wine, and coke.

If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even add a shot of rum or vodka.

No matter how you make it, this is an easy drink to enjoy anytime.

History of Kalimotxo 

Kalimotxo has been around for many years, possibly the early 1970s, and is believed to have originated in the Basque region of Spain. Kalimotxo was originally made with red wine and Coca-Cola.

It’s still being determined how this simple mixed drink came to be, but it’s a delicious drink perfect for any occasion! It’s traditionally served during san fermín, Running of the Bulls.

Similar Cocktails to a Kalimotxo

Both the Cuba Libre. and rum and coke are classic drinks that bear a strong resemblance to wine and coke. The Cuba Libre was born in Cuba, and pairs rum, coke, and a squeeze of lime.

The only difference is the ratio: the rum and coke is 2:1 whereas the Kalimotxo is equal parts. But they’re very similar: in fact, the Calimocho was originally called the “rioja libre” (rioja meaning red wine, and “libre” taken from Cuba Libre, meaning “free Cuba”).

 Kalimotxo in a glass with ice.

Why Coke and Wine Go Together

Coke is a type of carbonated soft drink that is made with carbonated water, sugar, and flavorings. It is a popular beverage around the world and is often served with wine. Coke is a good mixer because it helps to soften the tannins in red wine, making it more palatable. I

t also brings out the fruit flavors in wine and can help to make a more balanced drink. In addition, coke can help to mask the taste of bad wine, making it more tolerable. For these reasons, coke is a popular choice for mixing with wine.

You can also use Yes, you can use Mexican coke for Kalimotxo. Mexican coke is a type of coke that is made with sugar cane instead of corn syrup. It has a stronger flavor than regular coke and can be used in Kalimotxo to give it a more robust flavor. In addition, Mexican coke can help to soften the tannins in red wine, making it more palatable.

Cocktail Garnish for Kalimotxo

Kalimotxo can be garnished with a slice of lemon or lime or orange. For a festive touch, you can even add a maraschino cherry.

Wine and Coca Cola in a glass with ice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Kalimotxo similar to sangria?

Kalimotxo is similar to sangria in that they are both a red wine-based Spanish cocktail. However, there are some key differences. Kalimotxo is made with red wine and coke, whereas sangria is made with red wine, fruit juice, and carbonated water.
Sangria is also typically served over ice, whereas Kalimotxo is not. Lastly, Kalimotxo is a mixed drink, whereas sangria is a punch.
Kalimotxo is a delicious and easy-to-make drink that can be enjoyed by everyone.

What are the different names for red wine and coke?

There are a few names for this popular Spanish cocktail:
Red Wine and Coke
Coke and wine
Wine and Coca Cola

What do you serve Kalimotxo in?

Kalimotxo can be served in a glass, short glass tumblers or cup. If you’re feeling fancy, you can even serve it in a wine glass. Kalimotxo is best served chilled, so be sure to refrigerate your red wine before making the drink. When it’s time to serve, simply pour the Kalimotxo into glasses and enjoy!

What type of wine should you use for Kalimotxo?

You can use any type of red wine for Kalimotxo. However, most people prefer to use fruity red wine.

When do you serve red wine and coke?

Kalimotxo is typically served at parties and gatherings. But this is a great cocktail that can be enjoyed any time of year! Here are some of our favorite occasions to serve this easy cocktail:

Calimocho in two glasses filled with ice.

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Kalimotxo in a glass with ice

Kalimotxo: Red Wine and Coke

Everything you need to know for making a Kalimotxo cocktail! This easy drink is from Spain and it is made with two ingredients: red wine and coke! It's a mixed drink that has a refreshing taste and is perfect for parties and gatherings. and easy to make! 
4.64 from 11 votes
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
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Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 104kcal
Author: Eden


  • 3 ounces red wine
  • 3 ounces Coca-Cola


  • Fill a glass with ice.
  • Pour the red wine into a glass.
  • Add Coca-Cola over the top
    pouring coke into a glass with red wine
  • Garnish with a slice of lime, if desired.


Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 110mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
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KALIMOTXO in a glass.

9 thoughts on “Kalimotxo: A Red Wine and Coke Cocktail”

  1. For Kalimotxo your instruction first says 2parts red and 1 part coke. Further down it states 3oz red and 3oz coke. Which is the correct measure please!

    • Hi Claudia! Thanks for letting us know, we will fix this! We like equal parts but you can do 2 and 1 too! We’ll update 🙂

  2. This is not exclusive to Spain. Here in Croatia it’s called Bambus (bamboo), i don’t know the origin of it’s name but it’s been around for ages

  3. 5 stars
    I’m not a wine drinker, but I can see how this would be a popular drink!! Both popular on their own, so together is the perfect combination!

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