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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

DON’T TRY THIS IN FRANCE

It’s so wrong. But it tastes so right. Brian and I first encountered kalimotxo—a distinctly Basque concoction of red wine and Coca-Cola—at Bar Carrera, a fabulous little tapas bar in the East Village. “We Spaniards give wine no respect,” said the grinning bartender as he poured wine, and then Coke, into a small carafe. Perhaps. But if disrespect tastes this good, who cares? I think of kalimotxo, best served over ice with a cinnamon-stick stirrer, as sangria for wine lovers. It’s a terrific summer refresher, but less sweet than its fruitier, juicier cousin. The wine’s tannins still come through, and you are treated to a spicy whiff of cinnamon with every sip. An oversized wine glass makes for perfect presentation. About cinnamon sticks: like all spices, these lose potency over time. If yours are left over from the twentieth century, dump them and buy a fresh supply!

KALIMOTXO

6 oz. chilled red wine (we used Rioja)
2 oz. chilled Coca-Cola
Cinnamon stick
Ice

Mix wine and Coke together, without ice, in a small carafe or measuring cup. Fill a glass with ice. Gently rub the cinnamon stick against the ice and around rim of the glass. Pour in wine and Coke and serve with the cinnamon stick.

6 Comments:

Blogger bufflo said...

So should the wine be chilled first?

2:05 PM  
Blogger Sarah Kiino said...

Yes, chill the wine to keep the ice from melting.

2:24 PM  
Blogger kirsten02 said...

After my college roommate returned from a semester in Bilbao, this became a go-to recipe for us. It's surprsingly good with a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich.....and re-runs of Party of Five. Love this site.....just found it recently.

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