Vanilla Bean Paloma’s with Grapefruit Soda & Mixed Citrus Sea Salt
|I love the yellow flecks of citrus in the Mixed Citrus Sea Salt.|
For the Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup:
2-3 Vanilla Beans, Split & Scraped for Seeds
For the Mixed Citrus Sea Salt:
1C Sea Salt
1T Each of Grapefruit Zest, Lemon Zest, & Orange Zest
For the Vanilla Bean Paloma’s:
Prepared Mixed Citrus Sea Salt, For Rimming
½ Lime, Zested & Juiced
3oz Fresh Squeezed Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice, Chilled
2oz Tequila Blanco, Chilled (preferably Reposado or Agave flavored)
1oz Prepared Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup, Chilled
Grapefruit Soda, For Garnishing (we used Izze Grapefruit Flavored Soda)
Directions:1. For the Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup: Heat the sugar, water, and vanilla bean in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil. Next, pour the mixture into a bottle. Let the syrup cool completely at room temperature. Refrigerate the syrup until chilled. Keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
2. For the Mixed Citrus Sea Salt: Preheat your oven to 225 degrees. Combine the salt and citrus in a medium bowl and mix well. Really work the zest into the salt, making sure there aren't any clumps of zest. Spread across a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 60-75 minutes or until the citrus is completely dried out. Flecks of zest should crumble when pinched between your fingers. Remove from oven and allow it to cool a bit. At this point you can pulse each salt a few times in a food processor if you like, which is what I do. Or, you can enjoy it as is. It will keep in an airtight jar for a couple of months. When ready to salt your rim, rub a spent lime around the rim and dip in the homemade citrus salt.
3. For the Vanilla Bean Paloma’s: Zest and juice half of a lime into in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, add in some crushed ice. Next, pour in the grapefruit juice, tequila, and simple syrup, and shake to combine (we used our large jigger at home to make our drinks, so we followed a ratio of 3 shots of juice to 2 shots of tequila to 1 shot of simple syrup… not exactly specific ounces, so keep that in mind). Fill a tall cup or glass with a little bit of crushed ice. Pour the strained liquid over the ice and fill the glass up to the rim with grapefruit soda for finishing. Stir until a frost forms on the outside of the cup. Enjoy in the sun with some guacamole.
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