Thanks to some pretty fantastic marketing campaigns, it’s become really easy to pick up a case of Corona or Dos Equis and call it your Cinco de Mayo party. But come on people, you can do better than that!
We’ve posted on some of our favorite margaritas in the past but more recently I can’t stop drinking Pamolas. Unfortunately, it’s a tough drink to order out because so many places rely on overly sweet sodas blended with tequila for cost and labor considerations but if you are hosting some friends at home there’s nothing better than the fresh grapefruit version below.
And for a little extra hosting brilliance, create one jalapeño tequila and let your guests decide if they want to go spicy or keep it plain. For the spicy batch, simply add 3 thin slices of jalapeños to each 1 cup of tequila (reposado or anejo) you plan to use. Or if you make a full bottle, use one full jalapeño sliced lengthwise. Key watchout here is that of course the longer you let it soak, the spicier it gets. You are going to want to wait at least 15 minutes but be careful with anything more than an hour…
As for Cinco de Mayo, I hope you enjoy any festivities you partake in but to be honest, this was just an excuse to talk about the Paloma; a drink perfect for entire summers of occasions!
The Spicy Paloma
2 oz spicy tequila (see the notes above)
2 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
0.5 fresh lime juice
Salt and grapefruit wedges for garnish
In a empty shaker or tall glass, stir the first 4 ingredients until the honey is dissolved. Pour the drink into a rocks glass lined with salt and filled with ice. Finish with club soda and garnish with a wedge of grapefruit and one of the jalapeño slices from the spicy tequila. If you choose not to go spicy, simply repeat everything with your favorite tequila, unspiced.