Calimocho: The Poor Man's Sangria
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.