Monday, July 8, 2013

A New (To Me) Drink For the Summer: The Paloma

I hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th.  Ours was nice but pretty low key.  Only when we lived in England did we really go all out to celebrate with our fellow Americans and our English friends.  In comparison our stateside 4th of July celebrations are pretty sedate.  Most often we just hang out at home and throw something into the smoker.

Fireworks were at a minimum around here.  With Colorado doing its best to burn down this summer, most of us have lost our lust for airborne fire.  Even Jack our fearless terrier climbed me like a tree with the sound of the first few pops and crackles, so we went to bed and pulled the covers up over our heads.

Since we weren't doing much anyway, and the 4th of July was the perfect excuse to stay in and have a cocktail or two, I decided to deviate from my usual champagne and give a new drink a try. . . in the interest of blog research of course.  My chosen libation?  The Paloma.  Anything that is touted as more beloved than the margarita in Mexico, is definitely deserving of my attention.

There are two versions of this cocktail, one that is made with a fizzy grapefruit soda, and one that is made with fresh grapefruit juice and sparkling water.  Since I like to make recipes that everyone can enjoy, and grapefruit soda isn't easy to find worldwide, I decided on making the fresh version.  I did try the grapefruit soda version which is really pretty great, but I really prefer the "fresher" version. There's really not that much to it, so all the more reason to love it.

The Paloma

1 nice, big, fat, juicy lime wedge
Kosher salt (optional)
Ice to mostly fill a 12 ounce glass
2 ounces freshly squeezed or bottled grapefruit juice (I used ruby red)
1 - 1/2 ounces tequila
2 ounces simple syrup or agave nectar to taste
Sparkling water (about 3 - 4 ounces) to top off

For the optional salt rim:  gently rub the lime wedge over half of the rim of the glass, reserving the lime wedge for later.  Dip the damp part of the rim in the kosher salt.

Place ice in glass.  Over the ice, pour the grapefruit juice, tequila, and simple syrup.  Squeeze the lime into the glass before topping with enough sparkling water to fill the glass; stir and serve immediately.

Makes 1 generous drink.

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