While road tripping through Arizona over Spring Break, we walked to a local Mexican restaurant close to our resort one night for dinner. To be honest the experience was mediocre at best. They had a gluten-free menu which was great however there was a large convention at the resort which besieged the restaurant leaving everything to take an excruciating long time. The food was average however I met a new cocktail that piqued my interest.
Completely dehydrated when scanning the menu for something new and interesting I landed on a Paloma, a tequila cocktail with grapefruit. I had not heard of it before and something seemed incredibly thirst quenching about the idea of a dose of citrus about right then. It was a steamy night, one where enough water can’t ever be had. At the risk of sounding like a complete whiner I’ll say the cocktail was pretty ho-hum as well. I spoke to the rushed bartender who shared how he made it, which I logged realizing the potential in the drink I felt surely could be realized once I was home.
I’ve fallen in love with fresh-style margaritas over the last few years and though when I’m out will have a traditional style, making them with fresh ingredients is my mainstay. I’ve shared some of my favorites on Boulder Locavore: Freestyle Margaritas made with muddled fruits, vegetables and herbs, Smoky Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita, and Grapefruit Margarita are all in my top picks especially for Cinco de Mayo celebrating. The Blood Orange Ginger fresh-style Margarita is pretty tasty too!
The Paloma struck me as a kissing cousin to the margarita and though it is traditionally made with grapefruit soda, I was sure it would be fantastic with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Once home I began to experiment to a refreshing, bright end cocktail that I’ll be drinking for Cinco De Mayo and on many sultry summer evenings as well! Quick to make with freshly juiced grapefruit and lime, a bit of tequila and filled with sparkling Club Soda, the cocktail is quenching and light; sure to become a favorite for you too!
Fresh Paloma Cocktail
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed Grapefruit Juice
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed Lime Juice
- 1 1/2 ounce Reposado Tequila
- Club Soda to fill
- Optional: Agave Nectar to sweeten if desired
- Garnish: small grapefruit wedge
- In a shaker with ice combine the grapefruit juice, lime juice and tequila. Shake vigorous and strain into a high ball glass filled with fresh ice. Fill with Club Soda and garnish.