If you spend time with or are even remotely associated with a writer, you must know you are fair game for material. My husband of almost 15 years knows this all too well, and this week's happy hour proves it once again.
Though I had never seen a blood orange until I was in my twenties and in culinary school, my half-Sicilian husband has been eating them since he was a kid. A few years back, we visited his Sicilian family and I was ecstatic to find they had blood orange groves right in their back yard.
I usually cut blood oranges into segments for salads or just eat them as a snack, but this week, I found that mixing their juice with tequila and topping the glass with blood orange soda makes for a happy uniting of nations and one delicious cocktail.
This cocktail is inspired by the beloved Paloma cocktail, a concoction of tequila, grapefruit juice, fresh squeezed lime and Jarritos (grapefruit soda). My version gets a Sicilian makeover blood oranges as its influence. It's every blood orange lover's perfect sip — a squeeze of fresh blood orange juice really completes the picture if you have it, but blood orange soda is also makes a delicious cocktail on its own.
Here's to mixing cultures in your cocktail shaker, a fabulous happy hour in less than 10-minutes, and happily ever after.
The Palermo Cocktail
2 to 3 ounces tequila
Juice of 1/2 lime
Juice of 1/2 blood orange, optional
3 ounces blood orange soda
Lime wedge for garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the tequila, lime juice and blood orange juice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a glass filled with ice, top with the blood orange soda and garnish with a lime wedge.