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What to do when served bad red wine...

November  2, 2010
3 Ratings
  • Makes 1 glass
Author Notes

So I learned this trick from a friend of mine, McKenzie. I didn't believe it until I tried it. We leave in DC, the land of fundraisers and politics. Most fundraisers and political events have an open bar but the wine can be a challenge to get down. This is a fool proof trick... —LizTerry

What You'll Need
  • 1 glass of bad red wine
  • 1 splash coke or pepsi
  1. If you have a glass of red that is just undrinkable, add a splash of cola and enjoy. It will be worlds apart from where you started. Oh and I don't even like cola but this works for wine!

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • Sadassa_Ulna
  • LizTerry
  • dymnyno

6 Reviews

Sadassa_Ulna November 3, 2010
I've often wondered - when reading wine reviews - if those "notes of fig, blackberry, licorice, cola, asphalt, rocket fuel, etc" could be added to wine with something like a splash of coke or prune juice (or a chunk of highway). But seriously, why not? I will try that trick next time . . .
LizTerry November 3, 2010
Don't knock it til you try it! It's pretty good and in Spain there are even mix drinks called: Calimocho. Check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalimotxo for more information.
dymnyno November 3, 2010
I know that there are a lot of drinks that mix alcohol and a soft drink...rum and coke, white wine and soda , blah, blah etc. My only problem was that the wine was BAD wine. I have a problem with using bad ingredients for anything...as an ingredient in cooking or whatever. Personally if I was served a glass of red wine and it was bad (and I am not referring to cheap) I would not try to doctor it up. I would just have water.
LizTerry November 2, 2010
I agree! If that's an option. In my experience most small fundraiser events and political events are beer and wine only. Either way you are certainly going to get wine at dinner...some people are great at picking $10 wines-others not so much. This is a solution for the situation when you don't have a better (gin or vodka) option.
dymnyno November 3, 2010
I still can not see your logic... to put coke in bad wine so you have an alcoholic beverage vs just enjoy a plain coke.
dymnyno November 2, 2010
Why not just dump the wine (red or white) and have a nice martini? I have never tasted bad gin!