Ina Garten, also known as the Barefoot Contessa, is a beloved chef and cookbook author known for her approachable and delicious recipes. One of her most popular cocktail recipes is the Paloma, a refreshing tequila-based drink that is perfect for Easter or hosting a spring party.
To make Ina Garten's Palomas, you'll need just a few ingredients: tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, lime juice, and club soda. Begin by mixing the tequila, grapefruit juice, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into glasses filled with ice. Top each glass with club soda and garnish with a slice of grapefruit or a sprig of fresh mint. The result is a tangy and refreshing cocktail that is perfect for sipping on a warm spring day.
Overall, Ina Garten's Palomas are an excellent choice for any spring gathering, whether you're hosting a brunch, a backyard barbecue, or just enjoying the sunshine with friends. They are easy to make, delicious, and sure to impress your guests. So why not add this recipe to your repertoire and raise a glass to the joys of springtime?
Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ cup kosher salt
Wedges of grapefruit
1 cup freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
1 cup white tequila, preferably Casamigos
¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
*1 tablespoon sugar syrup
Combine ¼ cup sugar and ½ cup salt on a small plate. Run a wedge of grapefruit around the rim of 4 glasses to moisten the rims. Lightly dip the rims in the sugar mixture and set aside to dry.
Combine the grapefruit juice, tequila, lime juice, sugar syrup, and a pinch of salt together in a pitcher. Fill a cocktail shaker ½ full of ice and pour in the drink mixture. Shake the cocktail shaker for 30 seconds to chill and dilute the drink. Pour into the 4 prepared glasses; add a few ice cubes, and a wedge of grapefruit and serve ice cold.
*To make sugar syrup, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook until the mixture is clear. Cool and refrigerate indefinitely.