This odd combination of red wine and cola over ice is actually good.
“Want a ‘mocho?’” he asks, with a bottle of red wine in one hand and a bottle of Coca-Cola in the other.
“Sure,” I say, though I am not. But this odd combination of red wine and cola over ice is ... fantastic.
The kalimotxco (pronounced cal-E-mo-cho and sometimes spelled “calimocho”) hails from the Basque region of Spain and has the soul of sangria. The spicy, caramel notes of the fizzy cola boost the fruity flavor of even the lowest-quality red. With a healthy squirt of lemon, the drink is as refreshing as it is simple. So trade your rosé-colored glasses for something duskier and enjoy a ‘mocho’ on a crisp autumn night.
To make: In a highball glass with ice, fill half the glass — or more — with red wine (a dry Spanish red or your best box), the other half with Coca-Cola (the Mexican variety using cane sugar is best) and a squirt of lemon. Salud!