Kalimotxo Cocktail

The Kalimotxo Cocktail is a relatively new invented Basque cocktail and it is pronounced “Calimocho” in the English and Spanish accent. It is a quite common drink in the Basque country and it got its name from its inventors. It is said that the inventors of the drink were two friends called “Kalimero and Motxo” (See why the cocktail is called Kalimotxo?) They were in a festival while they were served with some red wine. As they thought that their wine was not that good, they wanted to add something that would make it taste better. And that is how the Kalimotxo cocktail made its appearance as it obviously did taste better after all.

In the 1970’s, it was called “Cuba Libre del Pobre”, meaning ” the Cuba Libre of the poor”, as it only took for a cheap red wine and a cola-based soft drink to make and its making resembles that of the Cuba Libre cocktail. It doesn’t really matter what kind of red wine you use, a boxed red wine is all you need as a base for your cocktail.

There are quite some variations of the drink where a fruit liqueur may be added, lemon juice, ouzo or even a sweet sparkling wine. The cocktail can be served in a highball glass or in a short tumbler glass on the rocks. A garnish of a lemon slice or a lemon twist is also an alternative and a nice touch, to be frank.

So, should we take a look at this easy to make cocktail recipe?


  • 30ml / 1 part Red wine
  • 30ml / 1 part Coca-Cola
  • A lemon slice (for the garnish)


Pour the red wine into a highball glass or a short glass tumbler, filled with ice. Top up with the Coca-Cola and stir for a bit. Garnish with the lemon slice and your Kalimotxo Cocktail is ready to serve! Wasn’t that easy?

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