Calimocho at Bar Carrera

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Soda in wine? It tastes fine.
A half-carafe of Kalimoxto ($15) at Bar Carrera in New York.
Arthur Bovino
A half-carafe of Kalimoxto ($15) at Bar Carrera in New York.

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.

What it is: 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.

Where it’s from: 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.