As with most of my recipes during summertime, even my cocktail is inspired by fresh local produce. Not grapefruit or tequila, obviously, but the super fresh honey that I got from my aunt. I don’t usually drink tequila, but I recently went to a restaurant where the bartender mixed a cocktail that matched all my desires perfectly and it was tequila-based, so figured I try my hand mixing a cocktail at home myself. And oh boy it was a success!
I’m not sure how I had never had Paloma before, somehow I never even thought about having a tequila-based cocktail instead of my usual favorite, gin. As I understand, Paloma is usually made with grapefruit soda, but this seems way too sweet for me, so a switch from soda to fresh juice, sparkling water, and runny honey seemed like a good idea. I think it is my favorite cocktail from now on for sure – so refreshing, not too sweet and just a delight.
In case you don’t have super fresh runny honey at hand, or wish to make the cocktail plant-based, feel free to replace it with agave syrup.
Cooking time: 2 min
¾ oz tequila (or a non-alcoholic option like Lyre’s)
½ oz fresh liquid honey
The juice of 1 pink grapefruit
The juice of ½ lime
½ cup sparking water
Salt for the rim
Before you squeeze the juice out of the grapefruit, run a wedge along the rim of the serving glass, then dip the rim of the glass in salt. Set the serving glass aside.
Leave a wedge of grapefruit to garnish and juice the rest of the grapefruit and lime.
Mix all the ingredients except for the sparkling water well with ice until the drink is super cool (you can also shake if you have a shaker) and pour it into the serving glass.
Top with sparkling water and enjoy.
By Kadri Raig
Kadri is a food blogger and yoga teacher from Estonia. She loves to spend time in the kitchen, but most of her recipes are simple and don’t take more than 20 minutes of active cooking time. She thinks that everybody can find time to cook healthy food at home, it is just a question of planning. "I work in an office full time, teach yoga 7-8 hours a week and write a blog. So if I manage to cook most of my meals, then so do you!" Connect with Kadri and enjoy many more of her delicious healthy recipes on her website here: www.kahvliga.ee.
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