Thursday, July 21, 2011
Cocktail Wednesdays: Basil & Grapefruit Paloma
This week, I decided to try a drink I saw over on Indie Fixx, a Basil & Grapefruit Paloma. Apparently, the Paloma is a very popular drink in Mexico. It is a tequila-based highball, using grapefruit soda and lime. Since I didn't have the sparkling lime water called for in Indie Fixx's recipe, I changed things a bit to use lime juice and seltzer instead. Here's the recipe I used.
Basil & Grapefruit Paloma:
1 leaf Basil
2 oz Tequila
3 oz Grapefruit juice
3 oz Seltzer
Juice of 1 small lime (1/2 oz)
salt to rim the glass (optional)
Rim a tall glass with salt if you like.
Muddle one basil leaf in the bottom of the glass.
Add a handful of ice
Pour in the tequila, lime juice.
Top off with the grapefruit juice and then the seltzer.
Garnish with a lime wedge.
The verdict: I found the taste to be basically a sparkling grapefruit margarita. Everyone agreed that the salt was an irritating distraction rather than a positive aspect. It even had Scott thinking of pretzels, rather than margaritas. The basil was an interesting note in the background, since there was only one leaf. I think it took the edge off of the grapefruit, which needed doing since there was no sugar. It was too grapefruity for Scott. I think it would be more enjoyable with perhaps a sugared rim, and maybe less grapefruit and more seltzer.