La Paloma Sangrienta (The Bloody Dove) Cocktail

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This is a twist on the classic Mexican cocktail, La Paloma, a combination of tequila and grapefruit. Adding a bit of grenadine gives it a great graduated color effect, and it also adds a little more sweetness to the mix. Serve with a cocktail stirrer to combine all the elements before enjoying.
Excerpted with permission from Day of the Dead: 20 Creative Projects to Make For Your Party or Celebration.
3½ oz (100 ml) freshly squeezed
grapefruit juice
1 oz (25 ml) reposado tequila
(or 2 oz/50 ml to really get the
party going)
Pinch of salt
¼ tsp sugar
Ice cubes
Grenadine, to drizzle
Club soda, chilled, to top off
Lime wedge
You will also need
Cocktail shaker
Tall glass
Cocktail stirrer
Makes 1 cocktail
Non-alcoholic variation
To make a non-alcoholic variation,
simply omit the tequila and increase
the sugar, to taste.

Step 1

Put the grapefruit juice, tequila, salt, and sugar in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Pour into a tall glass (don’t strain, you’ll want the ice).

Step 2

Drizzle grenadine syrup into the glass, allowing it to sink to the bottom.
Top off gently with chilled club soda, pouring it down the side of the glass or over a spoon so that it doesn’t disturb the juice too much and you get a pretty graduated effect.

Step 3

Squeeze a lime wedge into the glass, and drop in the empty husk. Stir just before drinking to mix all the layers together.

Step 4

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