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Toast Cinco de Mayo with a Pink Paloma. May 4, 2011

Posted by ourfriendben in recipes, wit and wisdom.
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Silence Dogood here. At Hawk’s Haven, the cottage home our friend Ben and I share in the precise middle of nowhere, PA, we love sangria and margaritas, and often serve one or both at our festive Mexican Night fiestas. But Cinco de Mayo comes only once a year, and it seems only fitting to serve a very special drink on that night: the Pink Paloma.

A traditional Paloma (no relation to Paloma Picasso, rather to the fabled golden horse, the Palomino) is, as its name would imply, a pale golden drink made from tequila, lime juice, a pinch of salt, and Mexican grapefruit soda (preferably Jarritos brand), served over ice with a slice of lime. It’s light and refreshing, especially in hot weather.

But finding grapefruit soda, much less authentic Mexican grapefruit soda, in our part of Pennsylvania is, shall we say, a challenge, and substituting anything for that distinctive grapefruit flavor just didn’t work for us. (Fond as I am of Fresca, it didn’t seem appropriate here, either. Fresca and alcohol? Eeewww.) I knew I could come up with something just as delicious and even prettier. The Pink Paloma was born.

To make a Pink Paloma, buy a carton of pink grapefruit juice or squeeze a ruby red grapefruit (or more as needed) for fresh juice, straining out the pulp and seeds. Pour 2 jiggers of gold tequila in the bottom of a tall glass (or more to taste), followed by a jigger of Triple Sec (or Curacao, Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or your choice of orange liqueur), or more to taste. Add a splash of Key Lime and/or Key Lemon juice. Fill the glass to 1/3 full with pink grapefruit juice. Add three ice cubes. Fill to the top with unsweetened sparkling Mandarin orange seltzer. Stir. Add a lemon, lime, or blood orange slice to the glass’s rim and serve immediately.

The Pink Paloma is beautiful, delicious, and light, unlike margaritas, which tend to be heavy and syrupy. And it’s easy to convert the recipe to make Pink Palominos for the kids by leaving out the alcohol. It will still taste yummy and look just like what the adults are drinking! After a Paloma or two, you might want to switch to Palominos yourself for the rest of the evening! You’ll feel better, and no one will know.

Tune in tomorrow for more Cinco de Mayo recipes. Let’s celebrate this end-of-cold-and-grey-weather fiesta! We are SO ready. And please, if you have a favorite Cinco de Mayo beverage, share it with us.

             ‘Til next time,




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