THE SPIRITED SPROUT'S SAGE PALOMA
The Spirited Sprout's Sage Paloma
Every summer I start a [short-lived] diet and this summer brought a slight obsession with grapefruits. While I fully realize that adding fruit to a cocktail doesn't make it healthy, this take on a Paloma felt a tiny bit better than downing IPAs by the pool (or let's be real, in my plant room). I'm leaving whether it is or not (it's probably not) is to the birds.
A classic Paloma is tequila, simple syrup (or sugar), grapefruit, lime and club soda. I'm a big proponent of herbal cocktails, so I muddled a few fresh sage leaves. The sage gives this cocktail a more refined flavor and helps set it apart from tasting too similar to a margarita. I also used Pure LaCroix instead of club soda, though that was probably more due to my bar stock than anything else. A quick note on the grapefruit — this recipe truly does call for fresh grapefruit juice. Canned grapefruit juice is definitely not an adequate substitution here!
Side note: I'm finding Hornitos Plata tequila on my liquor store list more than other brands lately, especially for cocktails. I highly recommend for your next summer party!
2.5 oz. Tequila
0.5 oz. Simple syrup (or 1 tsp. sugar)
3-4 Sage leaves (plus extra for garnish)
Half a grapefruit
Optional: Salt for rim of glass
Juice your lime and half a grapefruit into your cocktail shaker. Follow with sage leaves and muddle.
Add simple syrup and tequila, then fill shaker with ice and shake.
Salt glass rim (if desired), then strain cocktail into glass. Top with chilled Pure LaCroix or club soda. Add a fresh sage leaf for garnish and enjoy!