When the sun is bright and the air is hot, you need a drink that is going to satisfy your thirst. The Paloma is that drink. A very cool, refreshing cocktail that has smooth 100 per cent Pure Agave tequila, a blend of citrus juices of lime and grapefruit, topped with a splash of fizz.
2 oz Hornitos Reposado Tequila
1/2 oz fresh lime juice or half a lime
2 oz Grapefruit juice
Pinch of salt
Top with soda
Salt rim (optional)
Moisten the rim of a glass with a slice of lime. Roll rim in a plate of salt, add ice and squeeze half a lime over the ice. Leave the lime shell in the drink and add a pinch of salt, the grapefruit juice and top with soda. Stir to mix all the ingredients well.
The traditional Paloma uses a grapefruit soda brand called Squirt. You can use a grapefruit soda as a substitute for the fresh grapefruit juice and soda.
It is not uncommon to find a restaurant in Mexico where they will have a bottle of tequila at your table, some glasses with ice, a bowl of salt, limes, and a bottle of Squirt Grapefruit soda to share among your friends.
I like rimming just half the glass rim with salt. That way, you or your guests have the option to drink with the salt or without.