◦ 2 oz - Tequila Reposado
◦ 2½ oz- Fresh red grapefruit juice
◦ ½ oz - Agave syrup
◦ Pinch of salt
◦ Sparkling mineral water
Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add tequila reposado, grapefruit juice, agave, salt. Stir. Top with mineral water. Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit, a wedge of lime, both, or neither, I don't know, I'm not your supervisor.
This cocktail will bathe your discerning palate with delicious sweetness, invigorating sourness, some bitterness. Oh, so refreshing on these scorching days.
Did you knooooow, salt actually helps curb the acrid and the sour? That's why, when you were just a wee lad, you used to inhale salt before your shots of Patrón!
Wow, I just did some research and it turns out I'm a liar. In fact, salt and lime before cheap shots of tequila blunt the awful, awful burn. And the argument that salt either sweetens or cancels out bitter flavors is mostly wrong as salt only serves to enhance existing sugars.
ANOTHER FUN FACT, FULLY RESEARCHED, SIR!
If you ever take the fraught advice of La Fée Verte and your mouth becomes the trendiest capsaicin nightclub, well then, you'll be happy to know capsaicin is alcohol soluble! Hooray!
Here's a little Spanish lesson. In Spanish, paloma translates to dove. Originally, the cocktail was composed of tequila blanco and a grapefruit-flavored soda with salt being the last ingredient. Perhaps it was the massive popularity of the Spanish 1860s song, "La Paloma," which inspired the eponymous cocktail. Or the lightness with which you begin to feel the world as you drink your way past your aching liver, effortlessly swing dancing around the bar.
if you're in the mood for a Paloma cocktail at a bar in the States, try ordering tequila with grapefruit soda and they may know what it is you're asking, jefe. If, instead, you find yourself in a cantina, try ordering a refresco de toronja con tequila and you're golden. If your request is met with either raised or furrowed brows, try asking for La Paloma's obscure sibling, Perro Salado. If you replace the grapefruit soda with cola, you're putting together a Charro Negro. Replacing Cola with orange soda will manifest a crazed Chango before your hazy, bloodshot eyes.