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Porrón 1.jpg
A porrón with kalimotxo and the used bottle of 1983 vintage wine.
TypeMixed drink
Base spirit
  • Wine
  • ServedOn the rocks: poured over ice
    Standard drinkware
    Highball Glass (Tumbler).svg
    Highball glass
    Commonly used ingredients
    PreparationStir together over plenty of ice.

    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]


    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 [fr] (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, 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)