When a customer at Salena’s bar is looking for a tequila drink other than your standard margarita, bartender Jordan Carpenter has just the thing: the Paloma.
Like a margarita, it consists of tequila and lime juice, but it substitutes grapefruit soda for orange-flavored liqueur. And, rather than being served in a salt-rimmed glass, the Paloma calls for salt to be sprinkled straight into the drink.
“I went to Mexico twice and drank these everywhere I went,” says Carpenter, 34. “When Salena’s asked me for new drink recipes, this one was a no-brainer. … I describe it as a refreshing and sparkling margarita.”
2 oz. premium reposado tequila (Carpenter uses Sauza Hornitos Reposado, although any 100 percent agave reposado tequila will do.)1/2 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
Grapefruit soda (such as Squirt)
A pinch of salt
Slice of lime
Pour the tequila and lime juice in a cocktail glass full of ice. Fill to the top with the grapefruit soda. Sprinkle the salt on top of the drink and garnish with the lime slice.