Paloma with a Spicy Salt Rim

I am eternally on the quest to find more ways to utilize tequila.

The Paloma is a tasty tequila cocktail just perfect for the warm weather!Ever since tequila became my liquor of choice, I’ve been in a bit of a rut. Sure, everyone knows about the margarita. And I often will do the lazy fakerita and toss it in with some limeade. But once you get past the tequila sunrise, the options become…limited.

The Paloma is a tasty tequila cocktail just perfect for the warm weather!I even posed the question on social media once. I didn’t get too far. But Paloma was thrown out there, and that was a new one to me. It turned out, it was also quite worthy of investigation.

The Paloma is a tasty tequila cocktail just perfect for the warm weather!The Paloma is reportedly more popular in Mexico than the margarita–and is extremely easy, at its core. A mixture of tequila and grapefruit soda (or grapefruit juice, club soda, and a sweetener), it doesn’t get much more simple than this. But that’s a good thing. Because cocktails should not be complicated, as far as I’m concerned. 2-5 ingredients. That’s it. And this certainly fits the bill.

The Paloma is a tasty tequila cocktail just perfect for the warm weather!What about taste? It will depend on what you use for that grapefruit soda base. I elected to go on the less sweet route and used sparkling grapefruit juice and it was quite delightful. A refreshing summer drink that–thanks to not being cloying–you could drink all afternoon. Or, at least, until the old one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor comes to fruition. It would be that easy. If you opt for a sweeter drink, I don’t see it being quite so…sessionable. Which isn’t a bad thing either. I chose to spice things up a bit with a bit of chipotle pepper in the salt rim, which I find absolutely addictive. The aroma–ahh!!–is so enticing. Do it just for that!

The Paloma is a tasty tequila cocktail just perfect for the warm weather!Regardless, I now have a new favorite drink to usher in the warm weather.

Paloma with a Spicy Salt Rim
 
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 3 wedges fresh red grapefruit
  • 1 Tablespoon margarita salt (yes! this exists! flaky sea salt is okay, too)
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • ½ cup tequila (I prefer reposado, but a blanco/silver tequila will be fine)
  • 12 ounces sparkling grapefruit juice (like Izze)
Instructions
  1. Rub 1 wedge of grapefruit on half the rim of 2 highball glasses (or pint mason jars).
  2. On a small plate, mix together the salt and pepper, then dip the glasses in it.
  3. Fill the glasses with ice and divide the tequila and grapefruit soda between them.
  4. Garnish with the remaining grapefruit wedges, sip, and enjoy!
Notes
For an extra kick, squeeze some of that remaining grapefruit and add 2 ounces of juice to each of the glasses.

 

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