the appetizer:

The Cocktail Primer: All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Drink by Eben Klemm, includes cocktail recipes like Martinez, Negroni, and Watermelon Paloma.


Paloma Cocktail


Watermelon Paloma Cocktail

Serves 1


The paloma is a classic Mexican highball made with tequila and high-quality grapefruit soda, which is a popular flavor in Mexico. At Dos Caminos, we use this as a template for adding fresh ingredients. Try this also with clementine or guava juice. Sipping one of these is truly the best way to watch the sun set on hot summer's day.

  • 1 lime wedge
  • Mint Salt (see recipe below)
  • 1-1/2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 2 ounces Jarritos grapefruit soda or Squirt
  • 1 ounce Watermelon Fresca (see recipe below)

Rub the rim of a highball glass with the lime wedge. Spread the salt on a small plate large enough for the rim of the glass. The salt should be about 1/4 inch deep. Dip the rim of the glass into the salt to coat.

Carefully fill the glass with ice. Pour the tequila into the glass. Add the grapefruit soda and fresca and serve.


Mint Salt

Makes about 1 cup

  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 2 sprigs mint

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process the salt for about 30 seconds to grind it finely. Add the mint sprigs through the feeding tube and process until well mixed with the salt.

Transfer the salt to a lidded container and store at room temperature for up to 1 month.

NOTE: To make a smaller amount of mint salt, you can use a mini food processor, a coffee grinder, or a spice grinder.


Watermelon Fresca

Makes about 4 cups

  • 4 cups rindless 2-inch watermelon chunks
  • 2 cups fresh orange juice

Put the watermelon chunks into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Add the orange juice and puree until smooth.

Strain through a fine-mesh sieve. You can refrigerate it in a tightly lidded container for up to 2 days.

NOTE: This makes a lot of fresca, but it's worth it. You can also drink it for breakfast on its own!

  • from:
    The Cocktail Primer
    All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Drink
  • by Eben Klemm
  • Andrews McMeel Publishing 2009
  • U.S.: $19.99 Canada: $24.50
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN-10: 0740778161
  • Recipe reprinted by permission.

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