It’s time to make this Thyme Blood Orange Paloma Cocktail Recipe.
Why? To toast a weekend away. I’m heading south to Los Cabos for a girls weekend that I’m hoping involves nothing more than some surf, sand, and lots of guac and tequila. My older sister, Ivy, has a love for all things tequila, but she has a special place in her heart for the Paloma cocktail.
She was the first one to introduce me to this simplest of classic Mexcian cocktail combinations of lime, Fresca, and tequila. I now make it my mission to try every version I encounter in attempts to find my favorite.
While there’s no denying that a classic Paloma is a thing of beauty, I’ve had a fun time changing up the juices and flavoring the salt (which, PS, is an absolutely essential addition to the drink). This latest version with Blood Orange soda and crushed thyme is a bit swankier but just the sort of thing to toast an impromptu weekend away.
Thyme Blood Orange Paloma Cocktail Recipe
- 12 sprigs fresh thyme leaves removed and roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon Sea salt such as Maldon
- 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice reserve the squeezed lime
- 2 ounces 100% agave silver tequila
- 6 ounces blood orange soda such as San Pellegrino
- Make The Thyme Salt: Combine the chopped thyme with the salt on a small plate and, using your fingers, crush the mixture until well combined.
- Rim The Cocktail Glass With Salt: Press half of a squeezed lime along the rim of a highball glass. Then roll the rim into the thyme salt.
- Make The Paloma Cocktail: Add in a few ice cubes, a pinch of the thyme-salt mix, and then top with the tequila, lime juice, and soda and stir. Serve immediately.