Windansea Beach San Diego California

Seventeen miles. That’s how far I live from Mexico and the influences are everywhere here in San Diego. Mexican restaurants, much more tequila and mezcal at liquor shops than the bourbon and whiskey that I was used to in Atlanta, and Mexican TV and radio stations that dominate the San Diegan airwaves. I might not be able to find a good biscuit to save my life, but I can get amazing tacos all over the city, a trade off that I guess that I can live with. 🙂

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Sauza tequila was kind enough to send me some product to help me celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year. Margaritas will be flowing in pitchers throughout the city however when given the option, I love a good paloma. The ingredients can vary but overall it’s a ridiculously simple drink with many options for customization. Lately, I’ve taken to making my own tortilla chips from store bought tortillas and I find that taste a whole lot better and I can customize the spice and salt content to my liking, and I’ve tried them both fried and baked. I used a riff off of this baked tortilla chip recipe with cumin spice blend from Penzeys.

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Back to the libation at hand, this recipe is a simple ratio, which makes it easy to scale up for Cinco de Mayo or a party, or to simply have for a drink or two. The Sauza Paloma calls for grapefruit soda, but if you’d like to use bottled or fresh squeezed, feel free to do as I’ve done and substitute 1/2 grapefruit juice and 1/2 club soda. Feel free to muddle a serrano or jalapeno pepper to give it a bit of a kick!

San Diego cocktail paloma tequila + grapefruit juice

The Paloma

  • 1 parts Sauza® Signature Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • ½ parts lime juice
  • 3 parts grapefruit soda
  • ½ parts lime juice

Instructions: Add tequila into tall glass with ice. Fill remainder of the glass with grapefruit soda. Squeeze juice of lime and garnish.

This post was made possible by Sauza Tequila as part of their #MyKindOfCinco campaign. All opinions expressed here are my own.