Tequila: it’s not just for margaritas anymore…or shots followed with salt and lime to disguise its taste.
Over the last few years tequila has enjoyed a huge resurgence. Using 100% agave, small batch makers are distilling and aging this succulent to create complex, herbaceous, artisanal spirits perfect for sipping over ice or neat—much like fine bourbons and whiskeys. Some distillers are infusing their tequilas with hot peppers or fruits to create well balanced spirits with subtle hints of flavor. A jalapeño infused tequila puts an interesting spin on a traditional margarita and amps up this refreshing summer sipper—the Spicy Paloma.
2 1/2 oz jalapeño infused tequila (Tanteo is a good option or you can make your own by soaking fresh jalapeños in quality 100% agave tequila overnight)
2 oz grapefruit juice (fresh squeezed if available)
Splash of grapefruit soda (such as La Croix or Bubly) or club soda
Squeeze of lime
Optional: garnish with a wedge of lime and/or grapefruit
Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add tequila and grapefruit juice. Top with splash of soda for effervescence. Finish with a squeeze of lime. Garnish and serve.