Also known as the Calimocho, this Spanish drink has a sophisticated flavour but it’s only two ingredients: red wine and coke!
A Kalimotxo (pronounced cal-ee-MO-cho), is a simple yet surprisingly delightful cocktail that hails from the Basque region of Spain. This beverage, known for its easygoing and unpretentious nature, is a testament to the creativity and simplicity of Spanish cuisine and is a perfect example of how two seemingly mismatched ingredients can create a harmonious and refreshing drink.
Its refreshing quality, ease of preparation, and adaptable nature make it an excellent choice for various occasions. Whether you’re hosting a casual get-together or just relaxing at home, a Kalimotxo offers a unique way to enjoy red wine with a playful twist. Here’s a guide on how to make a Kalimotxo, also known as the Calimocho.
– Red wine: 1 part (Preferably a young, fruity, and inexpensive variety)
– Cola (Coca-Cola or any cola of choice): 1 part
– Ice cubes
– Lemon wedge (optional, for garnish)
1. Choose the Right Wine: Start by selecting a red wine. The key is to go for a young, fruity, and inexpensive variety. Avoid aged or expensive wines, as their nuanced flavors can be overpowered by the cola.
2. Prepare the Glass: Fill a highball glass or any large glass halfway with ice cubes. The ice not only chills the drink but also helps in diluting the mixture to a desirable strength.
3. Mixing the Drink: Pour equal parts of red wine and cola into the glass over the ice. The classic ratio is 50/50, but feel free to adjust according to your taste. If you prefer a stronger wine flavor, increase the wine ratio, or add more cola for a sweeter, milder taste.
4. Stir Gently: Use a stirring spoon to mix the wine and cola gently. Over-stirring can cause the cola to lose its fizz, which is vital for the refreshing quality of the drink.
5. Garnish and Serve: Optionally, garnish with a lemon wedge. The citrusy note adds a fresh twist to the drink. Serve immediately and enjoy the unique blend of flavours.
Tips and Variations:
– Temperature: Ensure both the wine and cola are chilled before mixing. This helps in maintaining the fizz and keeping the drink cool.
– Wine Variations: Experiment with different types of red wine to find your preferred flavour. Light-bodied wines usually work best.
– Cola Alternatives: While traditional Kalimotxo uses cola, experimenting with other types of carbonated soft drinks can yield interesting results.
– Adding Flavours: Feel free to add a splash of fruit juice or a hint of citrus zest to personalize your drink.
Cheers to a delightful mix of cultures and flavours!