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Salty Paloma with Bolivian Rose Salt

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The Paloma is considered a summer cocktail, but we couldn’t resist making this drink while grapefruits are at their prime and wishing warm weather would make its way to the Pacific Northwest a little early. It’s delightful pink color makes it perfect for sharing with your Valentine and brightening up winter days!

This twist on the classic Paloma via Serious Eats needs a little planning ahead, but it’s worth it. A salted grapefruit cordial replaces traditional grapefruit soda while the addition of Campari adds balance to the sweetness. We chose Bolivian Rose for this recipe because of its rich mineral composite and mild flavor. Its complementary color is a nice added touch.

You’ll have more cordial than you need for one cocktail in this recipe. The recipe can be scaled to make a batch cocktail or leftover cordial can be saved in the refrigerator for several weeks.

INGREDIENTS

For the Salted Grapefruit Cordial:
Peel of 1 grapefruit with little to no white pith*
1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice (1 large or 2 medium grapefruits)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh juice from about 4 limes
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon Sourced Bolivian Rose Salt

For One Cocktail: 2 ounces blanco tequila
1 ounce Salted Grapefruit Cordial
3/4 ounce fresh juice from about 2 limes
1/4 ounce Campari
Seltzer

*Peeled grapefruit can be stored in the refrigerator until it’s ready to be juiced the next day.

PROCESS

For the Salted Grapefruit Cordial:
Mix grapefruit peel and sugar in an airtight container and refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours.

The next day, add grapefruit juice, 1/4 cup lime juice, water, and salt to sugar and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove grapefruit peel and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

For the Cocktail:
In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, 1 ounce of cordial, 3/4 ounce of lime juice, and Campari.

Fill shaker with ice, and shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice and top with soda to taste. Garnish with a grapefruit twist if desired.

Use the remaining cordial to make homemade grapefruit soda (1 ounce cordial with soda water, add more cordial to taste), drizzle on ice cream or fresh fruit, or use as a substitute for any citrus simple syrup.

 

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