Make It: Paloma's Caress
2 Ounces of Tequila
1 Ounce of Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice
1/2 Ounce of Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 Ounce of Simple Syrup
1 Ounce of Chilled Club Soda
1 Wedge of Pink Grapefruit for Salt Rimming
1 Wedge of Blood Orange for Garnish
Rub the rim of a highball glass with your pink grapefruit wedge. Pour the kosher salt into a circle on a small plate. Dip the wet rim of glass in the salt until you have a nice ring around the rim. Combine 1 ounce of fresh grapefruit juice, .5 ounce of fresh lime juice, and .5 ounce of simple syrup and 2 ounces of tequila in the highball glass. Stir well. Add ice and top off with 1 ounce of chilled club soda. Garnish with the wedge of blood orange.
We LOVE our margaritas. You know that. However, we’d love to introduce you to another radiantly fresh libation that just may be the real queen of Mexi-cocktails. Meet La Paloma.
Tequila. . . Fresh lime juice. . . Sounds like the usual suspects. Yes, for a start, but that’s where La Paloma departs from the expected. She casts a different citrus spell than her frozen cousin Margarita.
Grapefruit. Yes, grapefruit, the beautiful citrus that everyone forgets. Sounds refreshing, right?
Traditionally, the drink is made with a Mexican grapefruit soda like Jarritos (or Squirt, for folks in the US who can’t get their hands on the real deal). It’s a great, bold flavor that way, and you certainly can substitute in the recipe below. Sometimes, it’s nice to be a little subtle, though. That’s why we’ve cleaned things up a bit here and that’s what puts the “caress” in Paloma’s Caress — something a little softer with natural grapefruit and club soda.
We’re confident that once you feel Paloma’s Caress, Margarita will have some strong competition for your affections.