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.

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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!