Scandal Fans: Pour a Red Wine Cocktail for the Season Finale

04/17/2014 at 02:48 PM ET

Kalimotxo Calimocho Red Wine Cocktail

Gladiators, there’s no better way to toast the season finale of Scandal than with a red wine cocktail we’re sure Olivia Pope would be happy to chug, er, drink.

Since we know your eyes will be glued to the screen Thursday night watching the backstabbing (hi, Cyrus!), the spying (Quinn, get out of the van!) and the illicit hookups (all of Washington, D.C.), the perfect libation is one that’s easy to mix and can be done ahead of time. (Having a viewing party? Prepare pitchers!)

Enter the calimocho (also spelled kalimotxo), a popular Spanish cocktail that’s a half-and-half blend of unlikely partners: red wine and cola. The two mix surprisingly well, especially with a dry wine to balance the sweetness of the soda.

But, just like in a good TV show, we’re throwing in a twist: pomegranate. This fruitier version of a classic calimocho, created by Carlynn of the JJ Begonia blog, is a crowd-pleaser. All you do is mix pomegranate juice into the red wine and cola. Throw in a few pomegranate seeds for garnish if you feel like it, and you’re done.

It’s an easy cocktail to make, but a dangerous one to drink if you’re prone to spillage. Our advice: Don’t wear white. After all, you don’t want to create a situation even our clever Olivia wouldn’t be able to fix.

Pomegranate Calimocho
Makes 1

1 part pomegranate juice
2 parts red wine, such as rioja
2 parts cola
Pomegranate seeds (optional)

Gently stir together the pomegranate juice, red wine and cola. Serve over ice. Garnish with pomegranate seeds, if desired.

—Nancy Mattia

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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