Calimocho: The Poor Man's Sangria

Refreshing, tasty and easy to make, the Calimocho is the perfect drink for a summer afternoon spent just about anywhere
June 30, 2017Words by Joseph MeehanPhotos by Brendan O'Connor

The Calimocho has its roots in the Basque region of Spain, and since gaining a foothold there it made its way through the country and eventually out into the wide world. It’s an incredibly easy-to-make, awesomely refreshing summer cocktail consisting of one part red wine and one part Coca Cola. And if you’re feelin’ yourself, go ahead and put a lime in there to spruce it up a tad. One more thing before we get to it: although you’ll find ‘em served in highballs most often, on a hot summer day this drink deserves the good ol’ red solo cup. We wouldn’t have it any other way for love or money. 

All you need to get started are a 1.5 liter bottle of Coca-Cola, a standard 750 ml bottle of red wine—this ain't the place for the vintage stuff, so we went with Two Buck Chuck—and a couple of limes. Oh, and you're favorite drinking vessel—don't worry, we won't judge you if it's not red and made out of plastic. [H]


1. Pour out half of the Coca-Cola

If you use a 1.5 liter, pouring out half will make room for a full standard size bottle of wine. If you can't find a 1.5 liter bottle, it's alright—just make sure you have equal parts cola and wine. 


2. Pour in the whole bottle of red wine

3. Serve over ice with a slice of lime

Let us know in the comments where you plan to enjoy a Calimocho this summer or what your summer cocktail of choice is.  

Joseph is a creative staffer at Huckberry, and enjoys long walks with his dog and girlfriend in the foothills of Oakland. Captaining the grill with a cigar clamped in his teeth is one of the places he feels most at home. 


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