If I’m being honest, I would have a paloma over a margarita any day. Not that I don’t like a margarita, but a paloma just feels more in tune with what I like in a cocktail:
I’m always interested in a grapefruit cocktail and it’s definitely my favorite cocktail “flavor”
Sometimes margaritas give me an acid reflux-like feeling when i drink too many of them
Usually a lighter cocktail since there’s bubbles in it
I also know it’s springtime but I had a bowlful of blood oranges and a grapefruit sitting around just looking to be added to tequila. So a blood orange paloma was born right their on my kitchen counter.
And if you’ve never had a paloma, think of it as the margarita’s lighter, bubblier grapefruit-y partner. It’s good, just try it!
Blood Orange Paloma
Makes 1 drink
2 oz blood orange juice
1 oz grapefruit juice
2 oz tequila
splash of lime juice
2-4 dashes of grapefruit bitters (optional but recommended)
coarse sea salt for rim
Rim the glass: on a small plate, pour out the coarse sea salt. If you want to seem even fancier, add a tiny amount of chili powder and mix together for a slightly spicy rim. Wet the rim of your glass and press it into the salt. If you are having trouble getting the salt to spicy, try using a small amount of honey or agave syrup to the rim and pressing that into the salt mixture.
Make cocktail: In a cocktail shaker with ice, add blood orange and grapefruit juices, tequila, grapefruit bitters, and squeeze of lime juice. Shake until combined. Add ice to your salt-rimmed glass and pour the cocktail over ice. Cheers!