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Calimocho, and just what is that?

Is yours a red wine and cola?

If you’ve never been tempted to try a calimocho might a new fortified wine designed as a mixer encourage you?

Spodee fortified wine is designed to be a mixer.

If you’ve never been tempted to try a calimocho might a new fortified wine designed as a mixer encourage you?

In Argentina it’s known as “Jesus juice”, in South Africa it’s called katemba, in Croatia bambus and in Chile it’s known as jote (black vulture). But most fans of red wine mixed with cola – typically young people who want to make a rough red wine more palatable – know it by its Spanish name calimocho, because Spain is where this cheap and cheerful “wine cocktail” is believed to have originated.

Soon it could be known by a different name again, and to a much wider audience via the launch of a new 36% proof (18% ABV) fortified red wine that’s been made to be mixed like a spirit. The advertising brain behind it, Steven Grasse, who masterminded the launch of Hendrick’s Gin and Sailor Jerry Rum, believes that Spodee, which contains high proof moonshine, will bring a bit of excitement to the “staid” wine category and that it mixes well with pretty much everything. “From simple highballs like Spodee and Coke and Spodee and orange juice, or even Spodee and tonic,” he says.

Not that he’d exactly planned things this way. The inspiration for Spodee is Depression-era hooch, which was made from cheap country wine flavoured with whatever was close to hand – garden herbs, fruits, berries – and pepped up with moonshine. It was typically made in dustbins or bathtubs and served at parties (thankfully the modern version comes in a retro style milk bottle sealed with a cork). “Spodee is something I discovered while doing historical research for a new spirit I was pursuing,” says Grasse. “I became intrigued because I thought I knew everything there was to know about Depression Era beverages. So I mixed up a batch and holy shit! So I did what I tend to do naturally, I started mixing with it like I do with spirits. What a magnificent surprise. I’ve created a wine that mixes like a spirit.”

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Opinion:

Personally the idea is repulsive. It reminds me of my ex, I like dry wines, she sweet; if there was no sweet, she’d add sugar to my dry wine. Even now the thought makes me shudder.

I haven’t tried this idea, and I might add that I have no wish to, but it really makes one wonder exactly where the taste buds of the younger generation are located.

I’ve had my say, I’ll leave it to you to discover the truth.
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