Red Wine-Cola Cocktail

Serves 4

“Kalimotxo” is a modern Basque country creation combining two Southern favorites: booze and Coca-Cola

Photo: Simon Bajada

“On summer Saturdays or the festival days of winter, drinking all afternoon and night is a favorite Basque pastime,” says Marti Buckley, an Alabama native who lives in San Sebastian, Spain, and is the author of the new cookbook Basque Country: A Culinary Journey Through a Food Lover’s Paradise.Kalimotxo is a mixture of equal parts red wine and cola that is a festival favorite in Basque Country.”

And for someone in the South? “I could see this as a fun and sophisticated tailgate drink,” she says. “The wine cuts through the sweetness of the Coke. Give it a little squeeze of lemon and it’s an easy, refreshing mixed drink.”


    • Large ice cubes

    • 16 oz. red wine

    • 16 oz. Coca-Cola, preferably made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup

    • 4 lemon wedges


  1. Place a handful of ice in each of four tall glasses.

  2. Pour 4 oz. wine into each glass. Slowly pour 4 oz. cola into each glass. Gently give a half stir with a spoon, then add a lemon wedge to each glass, squeezing the lemon slightly before dropping it in.

Excerpted from Basque Country by Marti Buckley (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2018.