Mixed cocktail drink made with Red Wine and Cola.

Bambus Wine Diethood Bambus Cocktail Drink

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Yes, Pepsi works just as well. Obviously. icon wink Bambus Cocktail Drink

Wine connoisseurs and snobs… please don’t walk away! This Bambus Cocktail is really, reaaaaaally good! You’ll see.

SO! Today is Valentine’s Day! HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!

Wanna know what else we celebrate today?! We, as in me and my fellow Macedonians? We celebrate St. Trifun – the Saint and Guardian of wine and wine growers. And wine drinkers! (I hope?)

I told you about this particular day a while back, when I posted my recipe for Sausage Stuffed Eggplant. In honor of St. Trifun, on the 14th of February a celebration takes place in many city squares in Macedonia, including the famous Wine Fair. Before it all begins, priests say a prayer, and the pruning season is symbolically marked with the pruning of the three church wine grapes.

Yeah… we really like our wine.

Bambus Diethood Bambus Cocktail Drink

But, how fitting that both Saints are celebrated on the same day. Wine + Love = Perfect Match!

They say, “In wine, there is the truth”. In Vino Veritas. Sooooo. If you want the truth to come out, have your Valentine drink a few Bambus Drinks!

And, I know! I’ve heard it before; Don’t you dare use red wine in a mixed drink!  …but you have to give it a try. It’s super simple and surprisingly delicious. In Macedonia, this is one of the most popular mixed drinks, and since you all LOVE my Macedonian recipes, you know you’re going to want this one, too!

Oh, just give it a try – you can thank me later. icon smile Bambus Cocktail Drink

Red Wine Cola Diethood Bambus Cocktail Drink


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Bambus Cocktail Drink
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Mixed cocktail drink made with Red Wine and Cola.
Serves: Serves 12
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) Red Wine
  • ½ liter Coke or Pepsi
  1. Start with pouring red wine into a wine decanter.
  2. Slowly mix in Coke or Pepsi.
  3. Serve.


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  1. Jill July 11, 2014 at 12:32 PM - Reply

    Hi Katerina,

    What type of red wine works best with this drink? I am intrigued!


    • Katerina Petrovska July 11, 2014 at 1:43 PM - Reply

      Hi Jill!!

      Just a simple Merlot is perfect for this. Let me know if you try it! :) Have a great weekend!!

  2. Leticia March 22, 2014 at 7:05 AM - Reply

    In Spain this is Kalimotxo,very popular ;)

  3. mjskit February 18, 2014 at 8:56 PM - Reply

    A combination I have never heard of and certainly would never have thought of. With that said, I’m definitely going to try this! Thanks!

  4. Valerie February 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM - Reply

    I’ve spoken many a truth after a bit of wine (and by bit, I several glassezz). :p

    This looks intriguing! Can’t wait to give it a go…

  5. Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! On a Diet February 17, 2014 at 1:28 PM - Reply

    Can you do this with Diet Coke? What about Coke Zero? Hmmmm….

    • Katerina Petrovska February 17, 2014 at 2:39 PM - Reply

      Hi Anne-Marie!! Yes, absolutely! It might alter the taste a bit, but it will still be just as good, I’m sure.

  6. Ellen February 15, 2014 at 6:42 PM - Reply

    I’ve made this before! It is good. As far as I’ve been told it is a Basque area drink called Kalimotxo. Happy wine time!

    • LK April 26, 2014 at 1:20 PM - Reply

      Yes, when I lived in Sandander, just west of País Vasco, it was my favorite. Spelled calimocho in castellano.

  7. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet February 15, 2014 at 9:18 AM - Reply

    Totally just drank this last night! My hubby does this all of the time to his wine and it is SOOO good! I need to find out how they call it in Italian!

    • Katerina Petrovska February 15, 2014 at 9:33 AM - Reply

      YAY!! I knew we couldn’t be the only ones that drank this! ;-) Is it called “cocovino” in Italian?

  8. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles February 15, 2014 at 9:07 AM - Reply

    Ok, I am a wine lover for sure (I do love cocktails as well) but this sounds intriguing! I think that I will give it a try tonight :)

  9. Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines February 15, 2014 at 9:02 AM - Reply

    It needs to be Coke and since I’m not a wine snob, yeah, I’m willing to give this a try.

  10. Julia @Vikalinka February 15, 2014 at 4:20 AM - Reply

    I’ve had that cocktail before and it IS really good and I am one of those snobs who is not ashamed to admit it. I was told it was a Spanish cocktail and I couldn’t remember the name. So glad to come across your post. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • LK April 26, 2014 at 1:18 PM - Reply


  11. Carrie February 14, 2014 at 7:35 PM - Reply

    I am really really intrigued by this recipe. I have never thought of cola and wine together. But heck… why not?!

  12. Sandra February 14, 2014 at 6:23 PM - Reply

    I have Pepsi and I have red wine, booyah!!!

  13. DessertForTwo February 14, 2014 at 2:26 PM - Reply

    I really like reading and learning about your culture! Please keep sharing :)

    At first, I didn’t think this sounded good, but I trust you, so I want to try it!
    Happy V-Day and St. Trifun Day :)

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