One of the members of our family just celebrated a milestone birthday—80 years young! We had a large party with family and friends which was a lot of fun. When brainstorming ideas for what I was going to bring, the thought of making a special cocktail hit me. Our guest of honor is adventurous and fun loving so I thought “why not?” I knew I wanted to incorporate a citrus flavor; but lemon and orange are pretty commonly used in cocktails, so when I found this recipe using grapefruit, I knew right away it was the one!
This is a very refreshing drink that is easy to fall in love with. The Paloma, pronounced, PAH-LOW-MAH, is simply made of tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda. It’s worth using a good quality tequila, so that the lime and grapefruit flavors will mingle with and enhance the flavor of the tequila, rather than over power it.
Izze is an excellent soda to use because it has lots of carbonation, and is not too sweet. If you are not able to find this soda in your supermarket, you may use a half and half mixture of pink grapefruit juice and plain soda water. This works well as a good substitute.
The proportions are basically equal parts tequila and soda, or even a little less soda so the taste of the tequila comes through, and the juice of half a lime. Add a pinch of Kosher salt if you wish or rim the glass with a little soda, then dip into salt before pouring in the cocktail.
- 3 ounces tequila
- juice of half lime
- 3 ounces grapefruit soda, or to taste
- 1 wedge of lime for garnish, or a piece of fresh grapefruit
1. Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, and mix to combine.
2. Moisten the rim of a beautiful glass with a little soda, then dip into salt. Add ice. Pour in cocktail.
3. If it’s hot where you are, you are about to sip one of the most refreshing cocktails you have ever had.
SOURCE: Slightly adapted from Michael Rhulman, rhulman.com