Saison Paloma By: Beer Bitty

Now that I live in San Diego and it’s (finally) summer, I want to spend every day possible at the beach - no exaggeration. Burying my toes in the sand with a bright blue sky above brings a happiness beyond words. Two years spent land locked in Texas created a longing I didn’t even know existed until paddled out one sunny morning. It’s funny how that happens... Thankfully, I didn’t miss it much while I lived without. I suppose I didn’t know what I was missing.  Now that I live a hop skip and a half hour drive from the shore, well.. let’s just say I’ve been catching up.

That being said, I still miss Texas. While I may not miss those record setting temperatures, I do miss the gratifying sips of a traditional Paloma on a warm Summer night. There was something beautiful about it... Everyone emerged once the sun set to congregate outside with friends, food, and libations. Nearly all bars and restaurants boasted a dog friendly patio with communal tables, local beers, and hand crafted cocktails.

This drink combines the best of both of those worlds... Tequila, meet Saison Diego. You two were meant to be summertime friends.

Ingredients

Makes 1 cocktail

2 ounces tequila (silver or reposado)

2 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

1 ounce simple syrup

1 ounce Saison Diego, or other saison

1 tsp. salt, to add to the drink or to rim the glass

1 lime wedge for garnish



Steps

Rim a highball glass (or margarita glass if you’re classy and haven’t unpacked your glassware yet) using a lime. Pour salt onto a small plate and coat the glass lightly with the salt mixture. Add a few ice cubes and set aside. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add grapefruit juice, lime juice, tequila, and simple syrup. Shake well. Strain into the prepared glass, top with an ounce of Saison Diego, garnish with a lime wedge, and only serve if the sun is shining overhead.

Variations:

Add a pinch of cayenne to the salt mixture for a bit of kick.

Muddle a jalapeno and/or mint sprigs in the cocktail shaker before adding the other ingredients.

Prepare simple syrup with a few slices of citrus added for additional flavor.

Go traditional and skip the shaker.. use grapefruit Jarritos soda instead of grapefruit juice and stir to combine.