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Kalimotxo (Calimocho) Cocktail

I love hot dogs and if there was no such thing as cardiac arrest, I would eat them every day.  I don’t know when my love for hot dogs started but it has evolved over the years.  It starts with inhaling, I mean, eating dogs with ketchup and mustard and then as an adult, you add the relish and maybe some sauerkraut.  I was having a debate with a friend about hot dogs and which condiments were appropriate to add if you are a real hot dog enthusiast.  He said its all about the steamed dog and bun and never, ever, under any circumstances should you add ketchup.  He was so emphatic about it I was a little shocked; he was as serious about hot dogs as I was about wine.  But had he heard of a Kalimotxo?

Hot Dogs and Kalimotxo

I add brown mustard, a whole pickle, peperoncini, and cheese to my hot dogs. I LOVE peperoncinis and they totally make the dog.  The problem is, its hard to find a wine that pairs well with all those condiments.  While creating my Superbowl menu I was struggling to come up with beverage options.  Red wine seemed too heavy, white wine might be ok but wasn’t really what I was looking for.  Then I remembered the Kalimotxo (Calimocho) wine cocktail from Spain.

Wine for your Kalimotxo

Kalimotxo or Calimocho is a popular drink in bars around Spain specifically in the Basque region.  Thought of as an inexpensive cocktail you can enjoy while out and about, it combines soda, usually Coca-Cola, and a red wine.  I don’t drink Coke and if you know me you know why and I was out of Rioja, a wine from Spain made from Tempranillo.  We are a Pepsi family so I grabbed a few out of my cooler and Linen Red which I always have on hand.  Linen is a fruit forward red wine primarily made of Malbec with nice depth and spice which pairs nicely with the vanilla and cherry flavors in Pepsi.  Most important, it would be delicious with my hot dog.

Kalimotxo is Delicious and Easy to Prep

Kalimotxo is easy to prepare.  All you need is a highball glass, ice, soda, and wine.  Mix half the wine with half the soda and eat your hot dog.  This drink is enjoyable with hamburgers and pizza too.  Speaking of that, click here to read more about pizza and wine.  

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