The calimocho[1] or kalimotxo (Basque pronunciation: [ʃo], Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmo.tʃo]) is a drink consisting of equal parts red wine and cola-based soft drink.[2][3] The concoction dates back to the 1920s in Spain, but was relatively uncommon as Coca-Cola was not manufactured in the country at that time. The first Coca-Cola factory opened in Spain in 1953, and the drink was "reborn" and given its current name in 1972.[4] It has since become a classic of the Basque Country region,[5] in large part due to its simple mixture, accessibility of ingredients, and cheap cost.[6] It is also known as katemba in South Africa, cátembe in Mozambique, bambus in Croatia, jote in Chile, and jesus juice in Argentina.[7]

A porrón with kalimotxo and the used bottle of 1983 vintage wine.
TypeMixed drink
Base spirit
ServedOn the rocks: poured over ice
Standard drinkware
Highball glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationStir together over plenty of ice.


  1. Fascinating Spain “History of The invention of the calimocho.” Retrieved December 27, 2021
  2. García, Manuel Montero (2014-03-20). Voces vascas [Basque voices] (in Spanish). Tecnos. ISBN 9788430962006. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  3. Celhay, Franck (2008). "Le Kalimotxo: cocktail hérétique ou opportunité pour la filière vin ?" [Kalimotxo: heretical cocktail or opportunity for the wine industry?]. Décisions Marketing (in French). Association Française du Marketing (52): 67–71. doi:10.7193/DM.052.67.71. JSTOR 25702362.
  4. ""Discover the origin of Kalimotxo"". Instituto Hemingway. 2017-02-09.
  5. Schaap, Rosie (2013-05-23). "Wine and Cola? It Works". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2020-11-02. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  6. Villar, Joseba Louzao, "EL SÍNDROME DE JERUSALÉN.", El peso de la identidad, Marcial Pons, Ediciones de Historia, pp. 81–108, doi:10.2307/j.ctt20fw6w0.7, retrieved 2022-04-13
  7. Creasey, Simon (2012-07-30). "Is yours a red wine and cola?". The Guardian. Retrieved 2022-09-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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