As a transplant to the US, I believe that I must make every effort to observe important American celebrations like Thanksgiving, 4th of July, and the plethora of National Drink Days. Sunday was National Tequila Day; I felt obliged to make a Tequila based cocktail. However, it was a hot afternoon and I wanted a longer, more refreshing drink than offered by one made in a Martini glass.

Inspiration was provided by an article in my news feed about The Paloma, a cocktail made with Tequila and grapefruit juice. We had an open bottle of Italian pink grapefruit soda in the fridge. This style of soda is considerably less fizzy and more tart than American drinks like Sprite or Pepsi; it should make a good base for a long drink.

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I used Kirkland Añejo Tequila. Añejo is Spanish for aged and when applied to Tequila requires that the spirit is aged in oak between twelve and thirty-six months. The aging results in a dark brown colour and a more complex taste than you get from unaged Tequila. I would not usually use Añejo for a long drink like this, but I was out of my regular unaged Tequila.

The recipe was simply this:
1.5oz Tequila
Pour over ice
Top up with grapefruit soda.

The result was a refreshing drink that still allowed the rich flavour of the Tequila to shine through. I am going to call this an Italian Paloma.

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