Ah, wine鈥 how we love it so. It鈥檚 delicious, it鈥檚 relaxing and above all, it鈥檚 versatile. It can be made into ice cream, be used as a base for a sauce or stirred into a pitcher of sangria. But while we鈥檙e no strangers to mixing wine with fresh fruit juice, a popular Spanish combination is about to change the game. Marie Claire writer Samantha Leal recently took to the web to sing the praises of kalimotxo (pronounced cal-ee-MO-cho), otherwise known as a drink made of equal parts red wine and鈥 wait for it鈥 Coke.

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Dating back to the 1970s, it鈥檚 said that the kalimotxo was originally concocted to cover up the taste of sour wine. More recently, it鈥檚 blossomed into a trendy bar order. Yep, sounds disgusting. But wait: What鈥檚 that you say, New York Times? 鈥淚鈥檝e received more than a few skeptical glances when I鈥檝e ordered it at bars in New York,鈥 explains NYT writer Rosie Schaap. 鈥淏ut I don鈥檛 feel an iota of contrition when I drink this Basque-country classic.鈥 She also recommends a quick squeeze of lemon for brightness and says it鈥檚 鈥渁n ideal afternoon drink when you know you鈥檝e still got a long day, and night, ahead.鈥

No use arguing with The Gray Lady, so let鈥檚 all pour one up and give it a go. Cheers, dears!

The kalimotxo: gross or great? Spill in the comments below!