Cocktail Recipe: The Paloma

It seems blasphemous during the summer to suggest that one might tire of margaritas... But. If you're looking for something different and yet in the same vein, the paloma is a great alternative. Do you know it? It's got a fizzy secret ingredient.

Here it is:

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Grapefruit soda. Jarritos Grapefruit Soda, if we're getting picky. In New York, you should be able to find this stuff at a bodega, but we've also heard of substitutes like Fresca (which has grapefruit flavoring in it) and Squirt (which a commentator mentioned in this post).

You could also experiment with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice (maybe with some simple syrup and soda water to add sweetness and fizz?) But if you can find Jarritos, it makes a very delicious drink. The paloma is similar to the margarita in that it has tequila, lime, and salt, but the grapefruit soda makes it a bit less potent, and the carbonation adds some zing.

This recipe comes from a friend—one we didn't tell beforehand that we'd be asking for the recipe. So adjust as you wish, depending on your taste and the size of your glass.

The Paloma

makes one drink (the size pictured above)

1 lime
salt
2 to 3 ounces of silver tequila
ice
Jarritos grapefruit soda

Squeeze the juice of the lime into a glass. Add a few pinches of salt, then pour in the tequila. Stir. Fill the glass with ice and top with the grapefruit soda. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Related: All About Margaritas

(Images: Elizabeth Passarella; Recipe: Christopher Swetala)