The world of cocktails and beverages is constantly evolving and bringing together unexpected combinations. One such pairing that has caught the attention of intrepid palates is the mix of red wine and Coca-Cola. This unique blend of two classic drinks has emerged as a trend in the world of mixology and among wine enthusiasts.
Reminiscent of a 1920s Basque cocktail called kalimotxo, the combination of red wine and Coke is no longer limited to a particular region. It has become a popular choice for those seeking a sweet and refreshing alternative to traditional cocktails. Renowned sommelier and author Vanessa Price, who is also the mastermind behind the prestigious restaurant Mavericks Montauk, offers her insights into this intriguing combo.
Price believes that wine is subjective and should be enjoyed according to personal preferences. While she wouldn’t rush to mix wine and Coca-Cola herself, she acknowledges that there are young and fresh fruity wines that can be easily paired with an ice-cold Coca-Cola. According to Price, it might be too much to mask the flavors of a fine quality, aged wine with a simple cola, but the combination works well with certain types of wines.
This perspective emphasizes the diversity of wine options available to cater to different tastes. Although traditional wine connoisseurs may hesitate to mix a fine Bordeaux or vintage Pinot Noir with cola, the trend’s appeal lies in its ability to adapt to a wide range of wines. Young, fruit-forward wines like Beaujolais or Spanish Tempranillo can surprisingly complement the effervescence and sweetness of Coca-Cola.
This trend offers a lot of versatility, as enthusiasts experiment with different wine-to-cola ratios and add twists like lime or ice cubes to create their perfect combination. The result is a refreshing, low-alcohol beverage that balances between a classic wine spritzer and a cola-based cocktail. Mixing red wine with Coca-Cola encourages wine lovers to think outside the bottle and explore new flavors.
It’s a playful yet respectful nod to tradition, showing that even the most time-honored customs can evolve to accommodate the ever-changing tastes of a curious generation. So, if you’re feeling adventurous and want to try something unconventional, don’t hesitate to give this trend a go. As Price suggests, “Don’t knock it till you try it!”