The refreshing Paloma: tequila, lime, grapefruit soda. Photo by Donna Turner Ruhlman.

The refreshing Paloma: tequila, lime, grapefruit soda. Photo by Donna Turner Ruhlman.

This has become my favorite of Donna’s cocktail shots because it so accurately reflects the experience of drinking it. And as she’s on the road, playing hooky from her camera, I’m reposting this perfect summer cocktail. It’s dry and hot here in Clevelandtown, and these are seriously refreshing. Tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda. Couldn’t be simpler.

I love Tequila Ocho ReposadoNormally I save the good stuff for straight-up drinking, but it’s worth using in the Paloma because the lime and grapefruit flavors intermingle with and elevate, rather than obscure, the flavor of the tequila. And I make it strong, so I can taste it, goddammit.

Izze is excellent soda (not too sweet, lots of carbonation) and it’s what my grocery store carries. Jarritos is the brand most often recommended. But half grapefruit juice and half soda water works as well.

Have a most excellent weekend, all!

palamo 3 steps @540

Paloma

  • 3 ounces tequila
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 3 ounces grapefruit soda, or to taste
  • 1 wedge of lime for garnish, if you wish
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a beautiful glass filled with ice.
  2. Swirl to combine.
  3. If it’s very hot where you are, pause to consider you are about to indulge yourself with one of the most refreshing cocktails you’ve ever had.

 

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