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Want to put soda in your wine? Many wine snobs would scream and shout in opposition. Despite their compelling arguments that watering down, or adding soda or juices, takes away from the complexities and true taste of the wine, many countries around the world celebrate the addition of soda. Originally, the combination can be traced back to a need to mask homemade or cheap table wine, and has been tied to gender stereotypes and a woman’s need to weaken her drink. More recently, it is a tasty way to enhance your drink and considered very refreshing!
Here are some wine recommendations from various countries that like to “freshen” up their wines. Give it a try!
Spain has quite a few soda-based wine drinks and they switch things up depending on whether it's red of white they're drinking.
Tinto de Verano is a summer drink made up of red wine and Fanta Lemon, or another yellow soda equivalent (not to be made with Sprite or 7-Up).
Calimocho, a mix of red wine and Coca-Cola, is thought to be a precursor to vodka Red Bull, with partygoers often combining the two as a way to add caffeine to their alcohol.
Rebujito is the white equivalent of Calimocho, with the white wine mixed with Sprite or 7-Up rather than Coke.
It has long been rumoured that the Chinese mix soda into their Lafite. Whether or not this specific mixture is true, the addition of Coke or Sprite to whites and reds is a regular part of Chinese wine culture.
The addition of Coca-Cola to wine in Chile is also a regular occurrence with youth, and is often called Jote.
In Hungary, wine drinkers mix their wine with water and call it froccs. Though it is usually made with white wine, it can also be made with rose.
Famous for their Gluhwein, the Germans also stir things up by creating Schorle, a combination of juice or sweet wine and soda water.
The mixture of white wine with Sprite or 7-Up in Argentina is called Champagne Cordobes, or Champagne from Cordoba. Pretty clever.
In Greece, soda water is often put out on taverna tables with the house wine. Casual drinkers are encouraged to mix the two if they wish to dilute the strength of their alcohol.
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