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Perfect Pair: A Paloma Cocktail for Josie Cooking View

I may sound like a broken record right now, but when it’s in the name of friendship, I don’t mind.  The friends I’ve made through this blog are truly some of my very best friends.  I feel so incredibly lucky to have them in my life.  And so, my totally wonderful, hilarious, good hearted, we-may-share-a-brain friend Josie is due to have twin baby boys any day now.  Literally – it might be today!  Eeep!!  As has become our custom, we decided to host a small virtual shower in honor of Josie and her impending arrivals since we aren’t able to do it in person.  (I guess since we’ve gotten to see each other twice in the past year, we can’t complain too much.)  Since we are celebrating twins, we chose a “Perfect Pair” theme.  Each of us is offering up a recipe involving a classic pairing:  Elly makes sausage-cheese biscuits, Tara makes shrimp and grits, and Courtney makes chocolate cake with coffee buttercream.

When brainstorming ideas, one of the first pairings that came to mind was tequila and lime.  (Can you tell I love margaritas?)  I know a tequila cocktail may seem like an odd offering for a baby shower but 1) it’s a virtual shower.  I drank it for her.  And 2) the idea of giving tequila to a pregnant woman reminded me of Phoebe’s baby shower on Friends.  That may seem like a remote reference to most but if anyone gets it, it would be Josie…which is why we are kind of a perfect pair ourselves :)

Once I’d decided on a cocktail, I remembered some random grapefruits that I received in my recent produce delivery.  I’m not so much a fan of grapefruit but I suppose if I’m going to like it, mixing it with tequila is a great start.  And it was!  Definitely a strong and refreshing cocktail.  As with any cocktail, feel free to adjust the various components to suit your own palate.  This version is very tasty, but I’m also intrigued by this version from Michael Ruhlman.  I love Izze so I’m definitely trying that version next.

Josie, I’m so excited for your baby boys to make their arrival and I cannot wait to meet them!  And when I come to visit, I’ll make you one of these cocktails.  I have a feeling you may need it ;)

Paloma Cocktail
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

½ cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
½ cup tequila or mescal
2 tbsp. simple syrup*
½ cup club soda, divided

Cooking View

Directions

  • Rim 2 cocktail glasses with juice from a grapefruit wedge and dip in coarse salt.  Fill glasses with crushed ice.  Combine the grapefruit juice, lime juice, tequila and simple syrup in a liquid measuring cup or cocktail shaker.  Mix well to blend.

  • Pour ¼ cup of club soda into each cocktail glass.  Top each serving off with half of the cocktail mixture.  Garnish with grapefruit wedges, if desired.

  • *To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is fully dissolved.  Chill before using.  Use to sweeten coffee, cocktails, etc.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/TheHungryHousewife Leslie Wasson Green

    Ohhhh, I feel tipsy just looking at these!!! Awesome that you have found such great friends through blogging!

  • Heather Koziarz

    sounds yummy! I will just swap out tequilla (yuck!!) with vodka, and will be good to go!

  • Lauren Atkins

    This looks delicious!

  • http://tideandthyme.com/ Laura

    I was just thinking about a Friend’s episode the other day – the one where Monica let’s Phoebe cut her hair like Demi Moore. Only Phoebe thought she meant Dudley Moore. So happy for Josie’s family – what a crew they’re going to make!

    PS – the margs look fab. You know I’m down!

  • http://twitter.com/pinkparsleyblog Josie

    Love the Friends reference, of course. And this cocktail looks perfect – I actually pinned a version of this like 2 years ago! :) Love you, sweet friend!!

  • http://twitter.com/ellysaysopa elly @ elly says opa

    We totally should have bought Josie a pair of leather pants, too. Haha. This sounds awesome!

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

    I’m loving the sounds of this cocktail, not to mention – it’s gorgeous! Congratulations Josie!

  • http://www.facebook.com/missy.angryinanapron Missy Angryinanapron

    I love anything grapefruit, so I’m definitely making this!

  • Steph in Lex

    If that reference to “Friends” is remote, God, I feel old!

  • http://www.cooklikeachampionblog.com/ Courtney

    We’ve made Michael Ruhlman’s version before, so I absolutely must make this one soon. This is one of Eric’s favorite cocktails, and I can’t wait to try it with fresh grapefruit.

  • Caroline L.

    That’s the prettiest cocktail! So delicate and lovely!

  • Katie Sumner

    I love that episode of Friends and this post! What a thoughtful thing for you to do. This is great drink for any party/activity with girlfriends. Thanks!

  • annieseats

    No way! Friends was not long ago enough to feel old. I meant it more in the sense that it would only come to mind for a true Friends fan, as Josie and I both are :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=578321995 Tara Trapasso Liptak

    haha I totally agree with Elly on the leather pants. :) This looks so refreshing! Can we make them the next time we get together??

  • Tracy

    What a delightful cocktail on this cold winter’s night. Friends are the best to share cocktails with. I adore your action-shot-pouring-photo, wonderful.

  • http://twitter.com/appleadayblog Apple a Day

    I love grapefruit margaritas and the idea of fizzy club soda is the perfect way to lighten it up. I know Josie wouldn’t mind the beverage choice–especially if it links to a “Friends” reference. Cheers to Josie!

  • Steph in Lex

    OK, thank God!!! ;)

  • Steph in Lex

    …Then again, it HAS been off the air for like nine years now!

  • http://twitter.com/TheCuratorblog Dervla Kelly

    Congrats to Josie! This cocktail looks incredible.

  • natalie

    This is one of my favorites, although I usually make it with vodka (so I guess it’s more like a “greyhound”? I will have to try it with tequila! And I do have a pack of grapefruit izze in the fridge right now… maybe an after-work cocktail is in store for me tonight!

    As always, I ADORE your pictures!

  • Sonja / A Couple Cooks

    I saw this in Bon Appetit too and was immediately interested! This looks lovely. And I’m all for cocktails for baby showers — though of course not for the expectant mama :)

  • http://www.thedreameryblog.wordpress.com/ Diana

    This is the first drinking I’m making when I’m done with my cleanse!

  • Alison Salcedo

    I’m a huge fan of your magaritas – cannot wait to try this. Your blood orange recipe is a favorite. As are any of your posts with Friends references!

  • annieseats

    Yes! Another Friends fan :)

  • Josie Morris

    That looks SUPER YUMMY!