Ruby Red and Completely Refreshing Citrus Meets Tequila and Triple Sec
The margarita gets a lot of love. With the first sip, immediate visions vibrantly woven fabrics and refrains of Mariachi melodies and the sounds of crashing waves on the beach come to mind. At Cinco de Mayo celebrations, it’s the margarita that flows freely into the night. But in Mexico, it’s the margarita’s lesser known sibling that is preferred by locals when they’re not sipping beer or fine tequila. La Paloma (“The Dove”) – a refreshing mix of red grapefruit and lime flavors accenting quality spirits, agave and fizzy soda – is the mixed drink of choice here, and once you mix one for yourself this Thirsty Thursday, it may be the drink of choice in your home, too.
Though it’s typically made with a citrus-flavored soda like Squirt or Fresca in the United States, Crystal barkeepers believe that the Paloma (like most cocktails and cuisine) is at its best when prepared with freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit and lime juice. This is the method more commonly used in Mexico, as well as aboard Crystal ships, where mixology experts are adamant about fresh ingredients in all beverages.
Fun Fact: The Paloma’s origins are fuzzy, as no clear record exists of when, where or by whom it was created. One popular theory dates back to 1860 and the La Capilla bar in, of course, Tequila, Mexico. The bar’s famous proprietor, Don Javier Delgado Corona, is said to have created it for his own menu, though this has been highly debated over the decades.
2.00 oz Sauza Tequila
2.00 oz fresh ruby grapefruit juice
0.50 oz (½) fresh lime squeeze
0.50 oz Agave Syrup
Top with splash of soda
Fill a long glass with ice, add a quarter grapefruit slice to the rim. Add all the ingredients, except the soda water, to a cocktail shaker and shake until mixed. Strain into the glass and add a splash of soda to give the effervescence.
For a double shot (figuratively speaking) of the flavors of Mexico, don’t miss this week’s episode of Sunday Cooking with Chef Jon Ashton, featuring frozen margarita pie. Or take things a step further and plan your sun-drenched Mexican voyage with added peace of mind offered by Crystal Confidence 2.0, the Easy Book program and a host of other special offers.
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