Ah, wine… how we love it so. It’s delicious, it’s relaxing and above all, it’s 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’re 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… wait for it… Coke.


Dating back to the 1970s, it’s said that the kalimotxo was originally concocted to cover up the taste of sour wine. More recently, it’s blossomed into a trendy bar order. Yep, sounds disgusting. But wait: What’s that you say, New York Times? “I’ve received more than a few skeptical glances when I’ve ordered it at bars in New York,” explains NYT writer Rosie Schaap. “But I don’t feel an iota of contrition when I drink this Basque-country classic.” She also recommends a quick squeeze of lemon for brightness and says it’s “an ideal afternoon drink when you know you’ve still got a long day, and night, ahead.”

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

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