On the 5th of this month we celebrate Mexican culture and heritage for reasons most Americans aren’t quite sure of. (No it’s not Mexican Independence day.) Margaritas are ubiquitous, but let’s keep the libations honest by drinking the most authentic and popular Mexican cocktail: the paloma. As with many things from south of the border, the cocktail begins with good tequila—reposado or better. The next ingredient is one that’s a little less popular here: grapefruit soda. A Squirt or Fresca is the best bet at the supermarket, but Jarritos or Goya are more genuine. For a do-it-yourself appeal substitute fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice with a splash of club soda. Lime juice and salt finish things off, as they should with any good tequila drink.
2oz reposado tequila (Patron makes one)
6oz fresh grapefruit soda
Rub the lime on the rim of a tall glass and salt the rim. Squeeze the lime in, add tequila and fill with ice. Top off with grapefruit soda and stir.
Garnish with lime wedges.