Mixing soda and wine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when seeking out something different to sip on at the bar, but it’s a pleasant variation of the wine cocktail for those who have tired of sangria.
: Calimocho is a 50/50 mixture of red wine and Coca-Cola. The soda’s carbonation actually dissipates quite quickly, and the cola flavor cuts the tannins in the wine. The result is a slightly sweet, pleasantly refreshing drink.
: Supposedly, the Calimocho (from the Basque Kalimoxto), originated in Algorta, Spain, as the brainchild of a drink vendor who was selling wine at a festival in 1972. When he discovered that his wine was off he mixed it with Coca-Cola to mask the fermentation. The drink became a hit. It is said to have become a preferred drink of Spanish teenagers looking for a cheap, sweet buzz.