DrinkThe Best End-of-Summer Cocktail Is Just Two Ingredients
Take a hint from the Uruguayans and mix red wine and cola. Just trust us!
Want to know the trick to making cheap wine drinkable and enjoyable? Just add cola. Cool Teens™ in Spain have been doing it for decades with a concoction called kalimotxo, a surprisingly potable cocktail that’s equal parts red wine and cola. Some call it the poor man’s sangria, mostly because it tastes just like sangria (really!). And with Labor Day right around the corner, there’s no better beverage to mix up on the fly, especially if you’re grilling.
The origins of wine and cola can be traced back to the Basque region of Spain, but it’s the Uruguayans who perfected it. Their version is called siete y tres, a name that pretty much sums it up: seven parts red wine mixed with three parts cola.
“I drank it lot when I was a teenager,” says Ramiro Lescano, owner of the quaint Uruguayan restaurant Tabaré in Brooklyn. “I think because it's sweet it goes right to your head. That's probably why it's so popular.”
The extra dose of wine (pro tip: the cheaper and drier, the better) does help cut through the saccharine soda. “You can add a little bit of Campari or vermouth, too,” Lescano says.
There's really no better way to wash down an mouth full of grilled meat than with a healthy serving of siete y tres. It's hearty, refreshing, a little fizzy, and an incredibly efficient way to get buzzed. The best part: it’s essentially fool-proof when made in big batches. So set your skepticism aside and treat your squad to the perfect end-of-summer cocktail.
Siete y Tres
7 oz. Tannat or a dry red wine
3 oz. Coca-Cola
Mix ingredients together and pour over ice. Garnish with a slice of orange and chopped apples if you’re feeling fancy.
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