Supper at Eight: The Palojito

August 24, 2015

We are so happy to have Kehani from Supper at Eight back to share another delicious recipe this week! I am a huge citrus lover, so I can't wait to try this cocktail once I'm not preggo. Hope you all can enjoy one for me! 

Paloma + Mojito = Palojito

It was a celebratory Saturday evening for one of my dearest friends who had just graduated college. She and her husband had a wonderful bar set-up, as well as a backyard of fresh produce, which made it easy to get inspired for this recipe. This drink is literally "farm to bar" - added a splash of tequila and Squirt, then headed over for some mint and lemons from their backyard! When my neighborhood's weekly farmer's market came around, I knew I had to perfect this refreshing summer drink!

Back to the name; this drink is an obvious mixture of a Paloma, a Mexican cocktail made with tequila and a citrus base, and a Mojito, a Cuban cocktail traditionally made with white rum, sugar and mint. 

You will need:

  • Citrus fruit; this is entirely your preference.
  • Sugar or honey/agave
  • White tequila
  • Fresh mint
  • Crushed ice
  • A mixer of your choice; citrus soda, sparkling water, and ginger ale are better suited.

As you can see, this drink is easily adapted to your taste buds. Have fun and experiment!

Here we have: ruby red grapefruit, lemon & lime. I squeezed about 1/4 of a cup of the grapefruit, 1 lemon & lime. A couple teaspoons of sugar, small handful of muddled mint, a shot of tequila, poured in Squirt about halfway and filled the glass up with crushed ice. Then I topped it off with fresh mint!

K-note: If you can't buy your ice crushed, throw it in a blender and hit that "crush" button. Remember to drain any excess water that the blender is sure to produce from crushing it. There's also that more old fashioned way of banging it out in a bag.

If you don't have a muddler, just give your mint a rough chop to release its freshness!

K-tip: This kind of cocktail is beyond perfect to get your guests involved! If it's a larger group, a bar is better suited. If it's only a few guests, utilize a table where all of you can gather around to spend the evening and set up all of your components together! 

Last ingredient; a good cheers!

Cheers, K

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