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While sipping on a glass of red wine, do you ever consider adding ice and topping it off with an equal amount of Coca-Cola? You should, because that’s exactly how this Spanish refresher is made. Though it sounds odd, the combination is incredibly popular, and has been since the 1970s. When first created, it was referred to as the Cuba Libre del pobre (the poor man’s Cuba Libre) or the Rioja Libre. But the drink was re-dubbed Kalimotxo (pronounced cali-mocho) and popularized when people finally caught onto just how great it was. The wine-and-soda amalgam’s allure has since spread throughout Europe and parts of America. It’s an easy and delicious way to use up the rest of that questionable boxed wine you’ve been hanging onto.

The Essentials

red wine
Lemon wedge
Bar Spoon
The Details


3 oz red wine
3 oz Coca-Cola
Lemon wedge


  • Fill a highball glass with ice.
  • Add the Coca-Cola and wine and stir to combine.
  • Garnish with a lemon wedge.
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The recipe for a Long Island Iced Tea might read like a bartender’s dare, but when made correctly, the college classic is a miracle of mixology. Reportedly based on a Prohibition-era cocktail called the Old Man Bishop (vodka, rum, whiskey, gin, tequila and maple syrup), the modern Long Island Iced Tea showed up sometime in the early 1970s. While...