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To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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May 17, 2012

Paloma Cocktail

I was still in a Mexican mood the other night after visiting Guelaguetza with some friends.  My co-worker had brought in more of his tasty grapefruit from his tree in Palm Springs, so naturally I thought to make a Paloma.  Don't even think about cheating with grapefruit soda or freakin' Squirt.  We don't do that here.  Haul yourself to the store and at least by a grapefruit and juice it, ok?  If you're looking for a simple tequila-based cocktail and getting tired of Margaritas, then this could be your best amigo this spring and summer.  If you're having a party, whip up a pitcher of these and I guarantee you'll find yourself whipping up a second one in no time.

Paloma Cocktail
  • 3/4 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 2 oz tequila
  • Soda water
  • Ice
  • Salt
  • Grapefruit peel or wedge for garnish
- Wet the rim of the glass with grapefruit juice and dip into a plate or bowl of salt.
- Fill glass with ice and add the grapefruit and lime juices and tequila.
- Stir, then top with 1-2 oz soda water.
- Garnish with a grapefruit peel or wedge.