Spring is fully here, and with it: brunch season. We’re going to spend the month celebrating the greatest of all meals, starting with an earthy but effervescent Blackberry Paloma. – Andrew
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1 1/2 oz Reposado Tequila
1 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz Agave Syrup
Combine the tequila, lime juice, and agave syrup (rich simple syrup will do in a pinch) with the blackberries in the bottom of a shaker. Muddle the blackberries, then fill the shaker two-thirds full with large square ice cubes. Shake well and double-strain (using a tea strainer or a strainer spoon with a tight coil) into a chilled flute. Top with grapefruit soda and enjoy!
The Paloma – which means dove in Spanish – is a popular Mexican tequila cocktail. With its earthy agave, tart lime, and sweet, fizzy grapefruit flavors, it’s also a perfect brunch drink, light and airy and flavorful. (We’re big fans of using Izze Sparkling Grapefruit Juice in place of soda here.) Blackberries lend this drink a sweet seasonal fruitiness and a gorgeous magenta color.
I suspect we’ll be spending a lot of time with fizzy drinks this month – there’s just something about brunch and sparkling cocktails that makes sense.
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