Apparently the Paloma is the most popular tequila-based cocktail in Mexico. That’s right! More popular that the margarita or daiquiri. Who knew!? And beyond it’s sweet-tart refreshing-ness, the coolest thing about the Paloma is how EASY it is to make. Almost TOO easy! Grapefruit is an underutilized citrus in my cocktail repertoire, but after discovering the Paloma, it’s going to be coming up to bat a whole lot more.
Grapefruit Soda (we used Izzy’s, but Fresca is commonly also used)
Fresh Lime and Grapefruit
In a glass filled with ice, pour 2 ounces of Tequila (or more, if you like ‘em strong!) and top with grapefruit soda. Squeeze some fresh lime over the top and garnish with a wedge of lime and grapefruit each. Stir, sip, relax!
CUCUMBER VODKA FIZZ
If a sweet cocktail isn’t your jive, the Cucumber Vodka Fizz definitely will be. It, too, is deceptively simple, though this one requires just a bit of work in advance. Just a LITTLE – it’ll be worth it. Trust. And this one can be riffed on to your heart’s content! Don’t like vodka? Do gin! Want it with tonic instead of club soda? You go, girl! Any way you make it, it’s clean, cooling, and, dare I say, almost dietetic!! What? C’mon, no added sugar!
Cucumber Vodka Fizz Ingredients:
Good Vodka or Gin
Club Soda or Tonic
2 Cucumbers, one cut into cubes, the other sliced into thin ribbons using a peeler
Fresh Lime and Mint
Cut 1 cucumber into large dice, and place in non-reactive bowl, or food storage container. Add 2-4 cups vodka or gin (your preference) to the diced cucumbers. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. When ready to serve, strain vodka or gin, reserving diced ‘pickled’ cukes. Pour strained vodka or gin into serving vessel. Wind a few cucumber ribbons into a glass. Add ice in the center of the ribbons. Pour 2 ounces infused vodka or gin into the prepared glass, and top with your preference of soda water or tonic. Garnish with ‘pickled’ cukes, a lime wedge and sprig of fresh mint. Stir, sip, detox- sort of.
TWISTED FRENCH 75
Like a cocktail with your desert? Or desert with your cocktail? The Twisted French 75 has you covered. It takes the classic French 75, made up of gin, fresh lemon juice, sugar and champagne, and simplifies it in a super-fun way, easy way. Instead of all of that arduous squeezing of lemons and mixing of sugar, we scoop in a smooth, creamy dollop of lemon sorbet, and then top it with a shot of herbal gin, and finish it with a float of bubbles. Served with a spoon and a straw, really, one can’t go wrong!
Twisted French 75 Ingredients:
Sparkling Wine or Champagne
Fresh Lemon and/or Mint
In a champagne coup or other open-rimmed glass (or bowl) add one scoop of lemon sorbet. Top with 2 ounces gin and top that with sparkling wine or champagne. Garnish with a lemon triangle and fresh mint. Serve with a spoon. Scoop, sip, smile.
Photos by: Sabrina Cole Quinn Photography