Two Wine Cocktail Recipes Better than Sangria

Two photos of wine cocktails

Looking for a new wine drink that isn’t sangria? We’ll help you take cheap wine to a whole new level. For a refreshing beverage to serve any time, grab an inexpensive bottle of wine and follow these simple recipes.

Kalimotxo in a tumbler glass with a slice of lemon. Bottles of wine and soda are also displayed.


Wine and cola. No, we’re serious!

Time: 5 minutes | Yield: 1 drink

Red wine and cola might not be an obvious pairing, but it works! The kalimotxo (pronounced cal-ee-MO-cho) is a classic concoction from the Basque-country region of Spain. Some people call it the poor man’s sangria. We call it the ideal summer beverage.

It couldn’t be easier: Mix equal parts red wine (the cheap stuff is perfect for this) and cola. A slice of lemon adds a touch of brightness.


  • 3 ounces dry red wine (a Spanish red is best)
  • 3 ounces cola
  • Lemon slice, to serve


In a glass filled with ice, combine 3 ounces dry red wine with an equal amount of cola. Garnish with a lemon slice.

Stemless champagne glass with sparking pink cocktail and a sugar cube. Bowl of sugar cubes and a small bottle of bitters is also displayed.

Goodnight Kiss

It’s the perfect nightcap for a romantic evening or pretty much anytime. You can use champagne or just dry sparkling wine to mix up this simple wine cocktail. If you can’t find fancy sugar cubes, you can use one teaspoon of sugar instead.

Time: 5 minutes | Yield: 1 drink


  • 4 ounces dry sparkling wine
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1 splash of Campari


Drop a sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute. Add a drop of angostura bitters. Top with sparkling wine and finish with a splash of Campari. Enjoy!