It 's Cinco De Mayo weekend, always cause for celebration and a sure sign that summer is around the corner. I can down multiple tacos with the best of them, but there is one aspect of Cinco De Mayo I just can get on board with: the margarita.
Too sweet, often too slushy. Too filling, getting in the way or my taco enjoyment. With salt, without, either way, just not a fan.
What a non-margarita lover to do on May 5? (Or any day this summer, for that matter?) Keep, the paloma. Basically, it has many of the same elements of the margarita: tequila, lime, salt, ice. But instead of orange liqueur or premade margarita mix, you use grapefruit soda. When I told Takeout spirits agency chief Allison Shoemaker about my paloma plan, her eyes lit up . “That's my favorite!” She enthused. Like a good office chief, she quickly sent me along some suggestions, like sticking to tequila blanco — she's the George Clooney brand — going with a bourbon barrel-smoked sea salt, and adding a few dashes of bitters (none of which I at the office, unfortunately).
But for the main mixer, she was just as specific, suggesting, "Squirt, good; Jarritos, best (for me anyway). Also good with grapefruit juice and soda water but come on, it's summer, low-stress is best. ”For the paloma, you wet the rim of your glass and dip it in a sea salt just like a margarita, then mix in the tequila, grapefruit soda, and some lime juice.