When it comes to tequila, I find it a pretty divisive spirit. Like me, there are many people who ‘had a bad experience’ and can hardly stand the smell of it, and others who happily sip on it. I’m determined to overcome my ‘bad experience’ and fall in love with well crafted, flavourful tequilas. While I’m not quite ready to embrace sipping on tequila, I instead take on baby steps with margarita’s cousin, the Paloma cocktail.
What You’ll Need
- Coarse salt
- 1 grapefruit wedge (for garnish)
- ¼ cup fresh grapefruit juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ¼ cup tequila (I used Casamigos Reposado, mescal works too)
- ¼ cup club soda
What You Need To Do
Pour salt onto a plate and cut a wedge of grapefruit, rim the glass with the grapefruit and dip into salt. Juice the grapefruit and the lime (and old-school, handheld fruit juicer works just fine!), add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add in tequila (or mescal if you prefer), ice and top with soda. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.
What It Tastes Like
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this cocktail! It’s tart and refreshing. Though the tequila is a certainly present on the palate, it’s subtle and complex. Highly enjoyable on a hot summer afternoon.