Summer like temps calls for summer like drinks around our house. Our weather here in Houston was in the high 70's last weekend and I made a new drink for us to celebrate with. Sundays are usually for margarita's but I switched gears this time and made paloma's. After researching this drink online, I read that it's Mexico's favorite drink, not a margarita. I'm not sure I believe this but I do believe that we will be making these again because they were out of this world good. I settled on a version of this recipe and did use jalapeños in my homemade simple syrup because sometimes we make our margarita's with a little heat. P.S. Making your own simple syrup is super duper easy. Cheers to the paloma...
tequila (I prefer blanco or silver)
simple syrup (homemade directions below)
PURE grapefruit juice (I used lakewood organics)
grapefruit sparkling water (I used la croix)
2 jalapenos (if you like spicy)
sugar (for simple syrup if making your own)
How to make simple syrup
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and then add in 1 cup of sugar. (If you want to make a bigger batch, it's always equal parts water & sugar.) Stir sugar until dissolved. If you want to add some heat this is where your jalapeños come in. Slice and remove seeds and membrane and if not using disposable gloves remember to not touch your face or eyes! I used two jalapeños and thought it was just the right amount of heat. Simmer for about 7-10 minutes and remove. Strain your mix and let cool. Keep the extra in an airtight jar and store in fridge.
Let's make a paloma
1 oz tequila
1 oz simple syrup
2-3 oz grapefruit juice
juice of 1 lime
splash of sparkling water
Mix the above ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake, shake, shake and use strainer to pour into a salt rimmed glass with ice. Garnish with a slice of jalapeno or lime wedge and enjoy!
*If you like a little stronger drink use 2 oz of tequila