Get ready to try your new favorite sunny afternoon refreshment. Sometimes called “poor man’s sangria,” the kalimotxo (pronounced cal-ee-mo-cho) is a blend of just two ingredients.
The drink, popular in Spain and Uruguay, is gaining popularity in the States.
Simply pour equal parts cola and chilled red wine over ice and you have a refreshing drink to enjoy during these final weeks of warm weather.
When you brighten it up with a little lemon or orange, this cool beverage really hits the spot.
Dry Red Wine
Use a dry red wine for this drink because it helps to balance the sweetness of the cola.
There’s no need to splurge on a nice bottle because the cola masks the finer flavors of the wine anyway. In fact, some say the cheaper the wine the better.
As for the cola, whatever you have on hand will work, but if you have the choice grab a cola made with real sugar rather than corn syrup.
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Ice Cream Treat
Michael Gordon, chef at BKW in Brooklyn takes this drink to a whole other level by turning it into dessert.
He serves kalimotxo with scoop of mascarpone gelato.
However, Gordon assures that a decent vanilla ice cream will do just fine. A little wine in your ice cream float? Don’t mind if we do!
If nothing else, this cocktail is the perfect way to use up a so-so bottle of cheap red wine that’s been collecting dust.
Red Wine Hot Chocolate
Looking for another way to take your red wine game to the next level? Consider this recipe for red wine hot chocolate.
When you feel like having a lazy night in and cozying up on the couch, red wine and hot chocolate are two of the ultimate choices.
It can be hard to choose between the two drinks, but luckily now you don’t have to.
Blogger Yeah Immaeatthat has an awesome recipe to make your own chocolatey cup of red wine, and boy does it look decadent.
If you’re into rich desserts, this drink is for you. Cue the Netflix and a cozy blanket!
All you need are milk, dark chocolate chips and your favorite red wine (preferably something full-bodied), and you can make a creamy alcoholic drink in just a few minutes.
Just combine the milk and chocolate chips in a saucepan until you have a warm chocolate milk, and then pour in the red wine, continuing to heat until everything has become warm.
Pour into your favorite mugs, and get those movies going.
You could even take it to the next level and add marshmallows to the mix:
As previously noted, this drink is rich. This makes it the perfect beverage to split with friends and sip slowly. Cool fall weather has never sounded more appealing! You can get the full recipe from Yeah Immaeatthat, so you too can make a smooth, chocolatey wine all on your own.
Can’t get enough hot chocolate? Try this Red Velvet recipe – yum!
There are those rare occasions when you just can’t bring yourself to finish a bottle of wine, and after you learn this trick, you may find yourself leaving a little extra at the bottom of the bottle a little more often. You can freeze leftover wine to create little wine ice cubes, and this genius hack will come in handy more often than you think.
Make Cooking With Wine Easier
Have you ever left wine out of a recipe because you didn’t have any on hand or didn’t want to open an entire bottle just to use a little bit of it? I know I’m definitely guilty of this. Well, with these little wine ice cubes, you’ll never have to do that again.
Whether you’re looking to make a tasty drink, just want a mini-popsicle or you’re cooking an entrée that calls for wine, you’ve got just enough wine to do the trick without pulling out that wine opener.
As PureWow pointed out, creating these ice cubes is as simple as pouring leftover wine into an ice cube tray, covering with saran wrap and placing in the freezer.
Simple, huh? This is sure to better your life in ways you never knew you needed. To see what I mean, check out five ways you can start using wine ice cubes, well, as fast as you can freeze them.
1. Wine Slushy
Frozen wine ice cubes will help you create just the right consistency for a wine slushy. What a great way to cool down once it’s finally warmer out, don’t you think? Get the recipe.
2. Pork Loin With Wine And Herb Sauce
A dry white wine combines with heavy cream, chicken stock and herbs to create a flavorful sauce to drench a pork loin in. This is an even better use for wine than drinking it, if you ask me. Get the recipe.
3. Skillet Chicken With Bacon and White Wine Sauce
Ok, this has two of my favorite things in one dish. Bacon and wine. It seriously doesn’t get better than this dreamy concoction. Get the recipe.
4. Hanger Steak With Red Wine Sauce
Red meat drenched in a red wine sauce sounds like the perfect thing to soak your taste buds in tonight, doesn’t it? Get the recipe.
5. Cheesecake Bars With Wine Gelee
Nothing pairs as well as cheesecake and wine, so why not combine them into one dessert using your leftover wine? Sounds like a great idea to me! Get the recipe.
And now you’ve got the makings for an entire meal — the drink, the main dish and dessert. So, get those ice cube trays full of wine in the freezer, stat!