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.


Angela said...

There's a little restaurant here that makes a grapefruit agua fresca that I love, and it sounds a lot like this--minus the tequila. I need to try your version with the tequila.

Velva said...

I can always enjoy a good cocktail. This one looks delightful.

Our 4th was low-key too. The rain which was endless (Colorado could have used some)just put a damper on the holiday.


Holly @ said...

Funny, in Bermuda there was a large 4th of July celebration with expats there too. Sometimes you have to travel to appreciate your own country's celebrations! What a pretty drink. I have a grapefruit Izze drink in the kitchen that I think might work with this cocktail too.

Craig said...

That looks delicious Karen, I'll try it during our hot spell. The 4th was sunny and warm here and although we don't "do" the 4th any more, we did have a BBQ! Fireworks are evil for our poor canine friends.

Barb | Creative Culinary said...

I think all of Colorado was pretty low key. Even our neighborhood, which has a longstanding history of ignoring fire warnings and shooting off a gazillion rockets over dry as a bone cedar shake roofs played it safe. Both dogs were glad they did.

I love this combination; even sounds good right now as a breakfast libation!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Nice cocktail! I've heard of this, but have never had it - sounds quite refreshing. We did a family deal for the 4th, and my sister's house is near a golf course that puts on a firework display - and that can be nicely viewed from her backyard. So that's what we did.

Ansh| Spiceroots said...

Our neighboring city, Erie ignored all bans on fireworks and I am not complaining. We got to see the fireworks from our backyard. My only complaint? I did not have this drink to sip on :D

Holly @ Holly's Helpings said...

Better than a margarita? I'm going to have to try this out! Margaritas our my favorite. Thanks for a new drink recipe and sharing your beautiful pictures.

Amy said...

Oh my...Your cocktail looks so refreshing and delicious. I can probably finish the whole pitcher all by myself! :P

Yvette said...

Love me a Paloma! Now I'm craving one -- see what you did ;)

Our 4th was very quiet too -- We drove up to Daniels Park and saw fireworks in the distance. It was very pretty, but not as pretty as this cocktail!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

This is a new cocktail to me as well but I'm sure it is a refreshing drink.

Nancy Elliott said...

This looks so refreshing, perfect for a hot Houston summer weekend. I am going to try it this weekend with grapefruit soda. Thanks for the recipe!