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Calimocho

Calimocho 1.000

Michael Temchine for The Washington Post

Jun 11, 2008

A sort of poor man's sangria, this drink is popular among young people in Spain, where it is known as Kalimotxo in Basque (and also sometimes called a Rioja Libre).

This concoction is surprisingly delicious, especially on a hot summer day. The Rioja stands up to the Coke, and it's a perfect use of what remains in the bottle from the night before.


Servings: 1
Ingredients
  • Crushed ice
  • 3 ounces Rioja wine
  • 3 ounces Coca-Cola
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla simple syrup (optional)

Directions

Fill a highball glass with crushed ice. Add the wine, then top with Coke. If desired, add vanilla simple syrup (see below). Use a bar spoon to agitate the mixture until frost forms on the glass.

To make vanilla simple syrup: Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1 cup sugar and a 2-inch length of vanilla bean and cook, stirring constantly, for about 30 seconds, until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes, until just slightly thickened. Discard the vanilla bean. Remove from the heat; set aside to cool. May cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks. Makes about 1 1/4 cups.


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From Cafe Atlantico in Penn Quarter.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 92


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 20mg 1%

Total Carbohydrates: 7g 2%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 0g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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