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honey paloma cocktail

honey paloma summer cocktail recipe

So I recently mentioned the fact that my family owns a Mexican restaurant in Boston. What I failed to say is that we also house over 250 types of tequila there. And nope, until we opened the restaurant I had no clue that many types even existed. In general, tequila gets the bad rap of being a college kid’s worst decision ever. But to be fair, that’s the cheap stuff. I’ve grown to appreciate the taste of great tequila and even be able to sip it straight. So I pulled in some Milagro Silver for this perfect summer drink recipe. The honey paloma cocktail is a great balance of citrus and sweet with a salt rim for contrast. It’s easy to batch the drink for big parties or just keep it simple for a date night at home. The bonus is that it makes a gorgeous addition to any table with the playful, bright colors. See full recipe below (and, please, drink the good tequila…responsibly).

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INGREDIENTS:

2 oz fresh grapefruit juice

1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

2 tsp honey syrup

2 oz club soda

2 oz tequila

ice, as needed

grapefruit wedges, for garnish

grapefruit salt rim

 

Grapefruit Salt Rim:

1 Tbsp coarse salt

1 tsp grated grapefruit zest

 

Honey Syrup:

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup honey

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Moisten the rim of serving glass with a lime wedge or a little bit of water.  Turn glass upside down into grapefruit salt mixture.  Twist glass around to thoroughly salt the rim.
  2. Fill serving glass a little more than half full of ice.  Pour in 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice.
  3. Add 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice.  Follow with 2 tsp honey syrup.
  4. Add 2 oz club soda and 2 oz tequila.  Stir to combine.
  5. Add more ice, if necessary.  Garnish finished cocktail with a grapefruit wedge.

Grapefruit Salt Rim:

  1. Combine salt and grapefruit zest.  Keep on a flat plate.

Honey Syrup:

  1. In a small sauce pot combine water and honey. Set over medium heat.  Stir until honey dissolves into water.  Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
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