Paloma cocktail

A red paloma cocktail

When thinking of Mexican cocktails, you’ll most likely think of margaritas.

But, there are other options. And the Paloma is one of them.

The Paloma is made with tequila, lime juice, grapefruit soda (or fresh juice), and a pinch of salt. The grapefruit soda, Jarritos, that is used in this drink can be hard to find in the U.S. Alternatives are any lemon-lime soda (such as Fresca), or you can use fresh grapefruit juice and club soda instead.

To this day, I’m not a fan of grapefruit (although that doesn’t seem to apply to grapefruit-flavored candy) and so I decided to go the Fresca route. I also decided to add some cranberry juice for color and added flavor.

Paloma cocktail
Red paloma cocktail

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The perfect frozen classic margarita

Whenever tequila is mentioned, I’ve found that inevitably someone says “I can’t stand tequila” or “Tequila and I aren’t friends.” Such people have obviously been victims of the one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor saying, which generally is only fulfilled when bad tequila is consumed at a quick pace.

They key to any tequila-based drink is, of course, good quality tequila (no, Jose Cuervo doesn’t count). You want to look for tequila made from 100% agave. There’s no better time like now to start appreciating good tequila, especially since Cinco de Mayo is this Saturday!

I have always been partial to the frozen margarita and since I have yet to acquire a drink shaker, I happily share this wonder recipe I found on epicurious. If your first thought is to run to the store to pick up a margarita mix, please don’t. Margaritas aren’t supposed to be neon in color. The perfect margarita can only be achieved by using freshly squeezed fruit juice. If, like me, you also don’t have a juicer, this also means you’re in for a great arm workout.

The perfect margarita

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Margarita ingredients

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Getting to know booze

How much do you know about booze? Can you walk confidently into a liquor store, walk down the aisles and grab the exact thing you want? Can you go to a bar and know off the top of your head what’s good to order? Better yet, do you try new drinks or do you stick with what you’ve been drinking since the early days of your exploration of inebriation? If I’m honest, my knowledge of booze is ok, but it definitely could be better. For me, walking into a liquor store can be like walking into a completely different world, … Continue reading Getting to know booze

Baileys peppermint hot chocolate

It’s been such a long time since I’ve written something that I kind of feel guilty and I’ve missed it a lot. The fact is that I could say it was this or that, but in reality I just let things get in the way. But to get back in the spirit of the holidays, here is a drink that will warm your belly and soul.

Around the holidays, Baileys is one of my favorite drinks. You can drink it on the rocks, with milk or – best of all – with hot chocolate!

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Friday night cocktail: Brown Sugar

Honestly, I don’t know if a drink by the name of Brown Sugar exists, but it fits the one I’m about to introduce you to. Hennessy is always in stock in my kitchen and around this time of year, Baileys Irish Cream is one of my favorites. I’ll drink both on the rocks or the Henny mixed with cranberry juice and the Baileys in hot chocolate. But for this concoction, the Henny and Baileys are brought together for a delicious drink.

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Firefly Southern Lemonade

I’ve written before about how I’m not a fan of beer at all, but I do prefer drinking bottled drinks instead of mixed drinks or wine sometimes. While I do enjoy some of the options I highlighted back in September, I’ll be honest when I say that I’m a little lazy when it comes to actually going out and buying them. One of my major pet peeves of living in the wonderful state of Pennsylvania and city of Philly are the antiquated liquor laws that have led to the separation of wine & spirits from beer and malt drinks. Continue reading “Firefly Southern Lemonade”

Thirsty Thursday – Fall cocktails

Fall is here! You can feel the chilly wind starting to nip at your nose (even though some summer weather is trying to hold on), the leaves are starting to change color and you get to wear your favorite fall clothes.

Fall not only influences the world around us, but creeps into the flavors of our food and drinks. Apples, cinnamon, and gingerbread are among the flavors of fall. But you won’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to indulge in these delicious flavors. On this Thirsty Thursday, I offer you four great drinks to get you in the fall mood. Enjoy them during Happy Hour or whenever the mood strikes. Continue reading “Thirsty Thursday – Fall cocktails”