Bambus Cocktail Drink

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This easy Macedonian cocktail recipe is made with red wine and cola. It’s called a Bambus Cocktail and it’s really good!

Bambus Cocktail Drink | | Mixed cocktail drink made with Red Wine and Cola. | #drinks #wine #cocktails


Yes, Pepsi works just as well. Obviously. 😉

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 Cocktail Drink | | Mixed cocktail drink made with Red Wine and Cola. | #drinks #wine #cocktails

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. 🙂

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Bambus Cocktail Drink

This easy Macedonian cocktail recipe is made with red wine and cola. It's called a Bambus Cocktail and it's really good! The perfect simple cocktail recipe.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 bottle, (750 ml) Red Wine
  • 1/2 liter Coke or Pepsi
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  • Start with pouring red wine into a wine decanter.
  • Slowly mix in Coke or Pepsi.
  • Serve.




Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 79mg | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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  1. Laurie says:

    In large areas of South/Central America, and Mexico, it goes by the name of “Sieta y Trés,” or “Seven & Three,” so it’s 7 parts Coke to 3 parts red wine, and served over ice.

    It’s delicious! I tend to use the cheaper boxed wines for this, and it’s great that way.

  2. Jill says:

    Hi Katerina,

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


    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Hi Jill!!

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

  3. Leticia says:

    In Spain this is Kalimotxo,very popular 😉

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Yep! I found that out after I posted the recipe. 😀

  4. mjskit says:

    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!

    1. Ronald says:

      In Spain they make their red wine cooler with an inexpensive clear sweetened sparkling mixer called Casera, or any of many brands like it. It tastes similar to diet 7up but only has lemon flavor and not the lime. It’s zero calorie because it’s made with saccharin and works perfectly. The only way I know how to get it in the U.S. is by Amazon UK. It only took a few days to get two 1.5 L bottles to Los Angeles but the shipping is $40. The mixer only costs about $1 each in Spain.