Martini Mondays

Martini Monday – The Paloma

Welcome to another Martini Monday.  This month we are making all pink drinks in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to honor the special women in my life that were born in October.  October is actually a really big month in my family.  Both of my grandmothers, my sister and my God-daughter were all born in October.  This particular October birthday is very special for my sister.  Not only is she celebrating her birthday, but we are also celebrating the fact that she is 5 years with no reemerging cancer.  That means that if she ever has a cancer diagnosis in the future it will not be related to this one, and so that means she is officially CANCER FREE!

To celebrate she wanted to have a fiesta themed party.  We had all the usual fiesta party food and drinks.  There was nachos, salsa, guacamole, cheese dip, and of course margaritas.  My father and the Queen Bee were hosts.  We blared Latin music, we danced, we sang and we played games that resulted in dissolving us from laughter to tears (laughing until I cry is my favorite emotion).  The QB had traditional margaritas and strawberry margaritas that you could rim with either sugar or salt.  I decided we needed one more drink for the fiesta and that is this week’s Martini Monday – The Paloma.  It fit the occasion perfectly.  It is perfect for a fiesta and it is pink.  It’s the perfect drink for an “I kicked breast cancer’s butt” party.

Now, everyone told me that this was very strong…I didn’t not think it was, but beware because I was in the minority. Maybe I am just more practiced at the art of drinking?  At any rate, be aware that this could pack a punch.  Here is what you need for this drink.  I doubled the recipe and made it in a pitcher for this occasion.

The Paloma

  • ½ cup of tequila
  • ½ cup of club soda
  • ½ cup of ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 2 teaspoons of sweetened lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • Salt or sugar to rim the glass
  • Limes

Add all the ingredients into a pitcher with ice and stir until well blended and the sugar is dissolved.  Then take a folded paper towel and saturate it well with water.  Put the paper towel on a saucer and press the rim of the glass onto the paper towel until the rim is dampened.  Then put sugar on one saucer and coarse salt on another saucer.  Press the dampened rim of the glass in either the sugar or the salt to rim the glass.  Then add ice to the glass and pour in the Paloma straining out the ice that is in the pitcher.  You can also use a sliced lime to rub the rim of the glass to dampen it and prepare it for the salt or sugar.  Garnish the drink with a slice of lime.

I tried this with both the salt and the sugar.  I preferred the sugar for the juxtaposition of the salty/sour and sweet.  However, I thought it was very good both ways.

If you are not a fan of tequila, here are more pink drink recipes:

Martini Monday – The Pink Panther

Martini Monday – Endless Summer Martini

Martini Monday – The Cosmopolitan

Until next time, Please make sure that you are vigilant about getting your regular screenings.  Don’t think you are too young, or it can’t happen to you just because you have no family history.  There is no history of breast cancer in my family, and they told my sister that the tumor had probably been there for twenty years.  Cancer has no rhyme, reason or logic.  Please take care of yourself for the sake of those you love.  Be like my sister, a fearless survivor, and in spite of it all she…. stayed glamorous.

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