It’s the mixer thing Coca-Cola’s stirring relationship with booze

Itai??i??s the mixer thing: Coca-Colaai??i??s stirring relationship with booze


Itai??i??s the mixer thing: Coca-Colaai??i??s stirring relationship with booze

The Coca-Cola Company has just announced the launch of an alcopop. But the soft drink has long liked to mix it with the hard stuff

Itai??i??s the mixer thing Coca-Colaai??i??s stirring relationship with booze

oca-Cola may have originally been marketed as a ai???temperance drinkai???, but the companyai??i??s recent announcement of a shochu-based alcopop for the Japanese market isnai??i??t its first foray into the world of intoxicants. Most of us know it once contained cocaine ai??i?? indeed, the Coca-Cola Company is still supplied by the only business allowed to import coca leaves into the United States, which extracts the active ingredient for medical use before theyai??i??re turned into cola syrup.
Coke is already, of course, a popular mixer ai??i?? more, Iai??i??ve always assumed, for the way its strong, sugary flavour masks the taste of alcohol than for any particular affinity with the stuff. A few years ago, a winemaker for a high-end Australian brand sadly recounted seeing wealthy customers mixing his vintage shiraz with Coke in Shanghai ai??i?? the Coke a convenient shorthand for the marketai??i??s perceived lack of sophistication. While itai??i??s true that this may not be the ideal way to appreciate a complex wine, the practice of improving rough and ready wines with some sugary soda is widespread, and a handy trick to keep up your sleeve for house parties ai??i?? known as calimocho in Spain, Jesus juice in Argentina and motorinA?, or diesel fuel, in Romania; a 1:1 ratio is generally recommended.

Cokeai??i??s syrupy sweetness (Victoria Moore cautions that you should always use the ai???full sugarai??? version) and vanilla spice makes it an excellent mixer for golden rum: add a dash of lime juice, and it becomes a Cuba libre, which even sounds cool. In his book The Spirits, Richard Godwin suggests swapping the rum for tequila to make a bantanga, adding that it ought to be stirred ai???with a large knife, as per Don Javier Delgado Coronaai???, who created it in Mexico City in 1961. Meanwhile, Dale DeGroffai??i??s The Craft of the Cocktail contains no fewer than four recipes for different Coke-based iced teas, including a London version with amaretto, as well as the usual gin and rum.


My top tip? Save it for the morning after: sugary Coke is the best hangover cure I know. And if itai??i??s good enough for Britney Spears ai??i??

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