Photo by Donna Turner Ruhlman


I’m in New York City this week and so must fall back on an old favorite cocktail and, more importantly, cocktail photograph. Gosh, did Donna nail this one. Regular readers may be tired of it, but new ones won’t, and it remains my favorite photograph of a cocktail my beloved has taken (my gross thumb notwithstanding). Looks like summer, with those vibrant colors and clear light, the obviously refreshing elixir, the promising and fine bottle, the season.

It couldn’t be simpler or more delicious, especially if you get a good grapefruit soda. Tequila, soda, and lime, so refreshing on a summer evening. It can in fact be too refreshing—for instance, on your fifth Paloma you really aren’t becoming as refreshed as you think you are. So go easy. Just ask Garrett if you doubt me.

Happy summertime Friday cocktail, everyone!



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


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