Thyme Paloma Cocktail

But wasn’t I whining about the cold a couple of days ago?  Why, yes.  But alcohol is delicious!  Also, I make zero sense.

What does make sense is taking beautiful, in-season, ripe, juicy grapefruit, and putting tequila on it.  Nature’s most tart, refreshing citrus graces us in the winter.  We may not need refreshment from the heat, but we do need refreshment from…  Everything else.  So let’s drink.

A traditional paloma (which, by the way, is THE most popular tequila-based cocktail in Mexico) is made with tequila and grapefruit soda.  But, as I said earlier, nature’s bounty and all that.  Right now, we’ll go with fresh-squeezed juice and club soda.

And what’s with the thyme?  Well, I had some, and I enjoy adding woodsy, herbal notes to my drinks.  In this case, thyme looks pretty and adds a very subtle something, but you can certainly skip it if you want!

…HOWEVER.  I feel much more strongly about your choice of tequila.  I tried this with both blanco and anejo, and I can confidently say: anejo is much better.  I’m committing to this statement: putting a ring on it, buying the t-shirt, getting matching tattoos, etc.  Mezcal would also probably be wonderful–perhaps even better.  (I should also note, in the interest of fairness, that there was nothing wrong with the blanco version: it was simple, clean, refreshing, delicious.)

I do believe you should make this part of your repertoire.  The possibilities!  Grapefruit-ifying taco nights.  Classing up Super Bowl parties.  Since there’s juice involved, I’m 83% sure this is also brunching material.  In short, I’m going to put on my music nerd hat and say: viva la (pa)loma rica!

How good is that outro, seriously?

Thyme Paloma Cocktail

4-6 sprigs fresh thyme (optional)
1 teaspoon sugar, superfine if possible
1 shot anejo tequila or mezcal
1 shot fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
Juice of 1/2 a lime
Club soda

If using thyme, muddle it with the sugar in a cocktail shaker first–if not, just add the sugar to the shaker.  Pour in tequila and juices and stir until sugar is dissolved.  Strain into an ice-filled 6-ounce glass, then top off with club soda.  Makes 1.

6 Responses to Thyme Paloma Cocktail

  1. Yum. This makes me wish we lived near each other so we could do happy hour on a regular basis!!

  2. This looks absolutely incredible! I have all the ingredients and am planning to make them ASAP (or as soon as it’s past noon). I completely agree about anejo tequila. I did a taste test in pomegranate margaritas recently and had the same findings. The silver I got tasted kinda medicinal, like vodka, whereas the anejo had that classic tequila flavor essential to a margarita. Gorgeous post, love the pictures. Looking forward to reading more!

    Do you know how many ounces your “shot” is? I’ve been told anywhere from 1 1/2 to 3. Thanks!

    • Hi Alanna–It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right? My shots are 1.5 ounces, which is pretty typical. Enjoy!

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