Friday, March 13, 2009

La Paloma

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We're staying in Mexico all week long, it seems. Here in sunny Southern California the worst of cold weather has finished--and now it's time to prepare ourselves to loll in lounge chairs; reach for the sun block, and a great paper back.

When I visited Mexico City I found that women rarely drank. Is this sexism, or wisdom? I dunno. When I asked our server what las damas drank, I was offered a paloma, and that became my drink of choice.

You will need:

A tall glass that will hold lots of ice

Diet or full strength grapefruit soda

Slice the lime in half, run the cut side along the rim of your tall glass. Swirl in a small plate of salt.
Squeeze the lime into the glass. Add a shot of tequila. Fill with ice cubes. Pour in your grapefruit soda, and stir gently once or twice to distribute the alcohol.

Can you feel it? I can. I've just changed time zones, climates, and cultures.

Which drinks transport you?


  1. I'll take one of those! The drink that transports me is actually a root beef float. Those were our special occasion summer desserts when I was growing up. We always had them on the 4th of July, and they always remind me of sparklers and scorching hot sidewalks.

  2. I could love this drink. I had a bad experience with tequila in college (who didn't?) but I've finally come around.

  3. I should never read your blog at night, when the snacking beast rises up. Or the drinking beast...

    Ahhh...yes, tequila. Tequila and I were intimate years back. Much dancing on tables and a scar of unknown origin.

    Am a whiskey gal now. :)But, your recipe looks tempting.

  4. M: I LOVE root beer, but for some reason never think to buy it and ice cream simultaneously.
    P: I think I prefer tequila in disguise, camouflaged by soda. JCK: and whiskey! A go go!

  5. just give me a straight shot of some delicious bourbon! Maga

  6. All right, I'll give it a try. But the sidecar (on your rec.) was way too sweet for me. Perhaps they made it wrong? Or perhaps I like my drinks on the savory side.

  7. AH:
    What can I say? Whiskey lovers do not usually like the sweet stuff--
    I like to mix it up