Tequila!

Happy #nationaltequiladay!!  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it fell on a Monday.  I’ve never met a margarita I didn’t like, but one of my favorite tequila cocktails is the paloma.

Photography: Elizabeth Ballard

It’s easy to make and so refreshing- the perfect summer cocktail IMO.  There are several variations, but this is is one is my go-to.  I like to add a spicy/salty rim to give it a little kick.  I had a blast shooting (and tasting) this little pink beauty.  Cheers and hope you give it try!

Photography: Elizabeth Ballard

Ingredients: 

  • Coarse sea salt mixed with chili lime rub for the glass
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 1/2 oz. (45 ml) white tequila (I used Camarena)
  • 3 oz. (90 ml) fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz. (60 ml) sparkling water (I used lime LaCroix)
  • 1 thin slice grapefruit

Instructions:

Spread the salt and chili lime rub on a small plate. Moisten the rim of a glass with the lime wedge, invert the glass onto the plate, then shake off any excess salt mixture. Fill the glass with ice.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the tequila and grapefruit juice. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds, then strain into the prepared glass. Top with the sparkling water and stir gently to combine. Garnish with the grapefruit slice and enjoy immediately.

Photography: Elizabeth Ballard