Hello, hello, hello. Yesterday marked the first day of summer, and what better way to celebrate the solstice than with a refreshing cocktail in hand. Just like all seasons, summer brings on a new wave of energy. It’s a bittersweet feeling. You’re half way through the year, so you finally feel in control, but also out of it because you forgot that this day was approaching. As a toast to summer, I made myself a Paloma. It’s the perfect summery drink.
If cocktails, wine, beer, and spirits could showcase emotion, I would describe a Paloma as being relaxed, glowing, sweet & with a zing, just like the first day of summer. Paloma’s are a traditional drink in Mexican culture. They are the subtly-sweet, but never forgotten sister of the margarita.
What is a Paloma? It s a delicious blend of grapefruit juice, grapefruit soda, tequila, and lime. Bittersweet just like the first day of summer. You might have heard that the best parts of summer are the longer days and warm breeze, but it’s not often you’ll hear about all the citrus fruit that ripen during the season.
I couldn’t resist but adding MORE citrus to my Paloma. A little splash of blood orange and twist of orange. This recipe is perfect for summer BBQs and can we take a moment to appreciate this gorgeous color? Recipe below!
Recipe (1 serving)Recipe: Serves 1
2 oz Tequila, blanco
1/4 cup Italian Bloodorange Soda
1/4 cup Pressed Juice Citrus 3 – Grapefruit juice (contains aloe & mint)
1 tsp. agave syrup
1 pinch of salt
handful of ice
Lime Juice (I squeezed half a lime)
Add all your liquid ingredients to a glass and shake or stir
Pour over ice
Garnish with a mint leaf and orange peel twist (adds more flavor & natural oils!)
Enjoy! How are you toasting your way into summer?