The Paloma is Mexico’s most popular tequila cocktail and has nothing to do with Chanukah. But it’s a classic cocktail that has everything to do with winter.
Grapefruit and other citrus are at their peak right now, and this drink takes full advantage. Using fresh grapefruit juice is a must for this cocktail. Take the time to juice the grapefruits and limes yourself (or have the kids do it). The flavor is well worth the effort. Plus, everyone knows it’s not a party until tequila is involved.
- 2 ounces tequila
- 1 ounce grapefruit juice
- ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- Soda water to top
Fill a Collins (tall) glass with the tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice and simple syrup. Stir. Add ice, and top with soda water. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge or lime wheel. Citrus may be juiced up to one day in advance, but for best results, juice the citrus within a few hours of serving. (Simple syrup is equal parts sugar and water, blended well.)
This recipe originally appeared in the Atlanta Jewish Times.