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

The calimocho[1] or kalimotxo (Basque pronunciation: [ka.li.mo.tʃo], Spanish pronunciation: [ka.li.ˈmo.tʃo]) is a drink consisting of equal parts red wine and a cola-based soft drink.[2][3]

Red wine and cola were combined in Spain as early as the 1920s, but Coca-Cola was not widely available. That changed in 1953, when the first Coca-Cola factory opened in Spain. The combination was given various names, until its mass usage at a festival in Algorta led to it being christened the kalimotxo,[4] a playful combination of the two creators' nicknames, Kalimero and Motxongo.[5]

It has since become a classic of the Basque Country region[6] and in the rest of Spain in large part due to its simple mixture, accessibility of ingredients, and low cost.[7]

The same mixture is known as katemba in South Africa, cátembe in Mozambique, bambus (bamboo) in Croatia, Serbia, North Macedonia and other Balkan countries, jote (black vulture) in Chile, ColaRot in Austria, houba (mushroom) in the Czech Republic, vadász (hunter) in Hungary and jesus juice in Argentina.[8]


  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) (52). Association Française du Marketing [fr]: 67–71. doi:10.7193/DM.052.67.71. JSTOR 25702362.
  4. ^ ""Discover the origin of Kalimotxo"". Instituto Hemingway. 2017-02-09.
  5. ^ "Así crearon 'Kalimero' y 'Motxongo' el calimocho, la bebida preferida del botellón y que ahora tendrá su propio museo". lasexta.com (in Spanish). 2017-08-11. Retrieved 2023-08-19.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ Creasey, Simon (2012-07-30). "Is yours a red wine and cola?". The Guardian. Retrieved 2022-09-29.