|Bird on a palapa in the Florida Keys, Copyright 2006|
I’m not sure what Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon) was thinking when he wrote Si Paloma, but I do know what I was thinking when I drank the Paloma. “How did I wait this long to discover this taste combination?!”
Tequila is my second favorite spirit (behind bourbon) so we always have a few varieties on hand. Last night, I used Jose Cuervo Tradicional – a very solid 100% Agave tequila at around $25 a bottle. The grapefruit pairs perfectly with Tequila and brings out a smokiness in the Tradicional that I have never noticed when sipping it straight or in a margarita. It almost tastes as if the drink was made with Mezcal rather than Tequila.
Now if only Spring would come back – I’m ready to sit on the deck, cue up the beach playlist, and sip a Paloma.