Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo – one of my top three favorite holidays of the year! . . . My other two are National Tequila Day and Halloween 🙂
I’m not able to drink right now, so that was kind of a bummer, but oh well c’est la vie. One of these days I am going to make the perfect cross between a Paloma and a Margarita. Why? Well – according to Bon Appetit the Paloma, not the Margarita, is Mexico’s most beloved cocktail — and I love margaritas!
- Kosher salt
- 2oz blanco tequila
- 2oz orange liqueur (ie. Triple Sec or Cointreau)
- 1oz freshly squeezed lime juice (1 lime)
- 2oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (1/2 of a grapefruit)
- Agave or simple syrup to taste (Philip Ward recommends 1/2 an ounce?)
- 1oz chilled club soda
- 1 lime wedge, for garnish
- Rub a lime wedge on the edge of your empty glasse if you and rim in salt — if you like your tequila drinks like that. I myself am a “no-salt” tequila cocktail kinda girl. However, Brandy (from Pretty Plain Janes) says make sure you don’t skimp on the the salt — it really helps bring out the flavor of the tequila and grapefruit. And a pro tip from her (if I do say so myself): If you don’t like it on the rim of the glass, try sneaking it into the actual drink instead!
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
- Combine the tequila and the juices:
– orange liqueur (Triple Sec)
– freshly squeezed lime juice
– freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- Shake well.
- Strain into the glass
- Stir in the club soda
- Add agave or simple syrup to taste if you want some extra sweetness in your drink.
- Pour into your prepared glasses and serve – garnish with a lime wedge.