Salted Sage Paloma

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Cocktail History

The Salted Sage Paloma is a tequila cocktail that was originally created as a mocktail by Nanda of Slow Mixology but made boozy by Jake of Little Cantina. It uses the original template of tequila and grapefruit but adds in lime and a homemade salted sage syrup for more complexity, savoriness, and herbal flavor.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Tequila Blanco: This is the base spirit that adds agave flavor. We used Casamigos Tequila Blanco for its sweetness and notes of grapefruit and vanilla.

Grapefruit Juice: This adds tangy citrus flavors that balance out the other sweet and spicy ingredients. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Lime Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Salted Sage Syrup: This is a sweetener made with sage leaves, sea salt, white sugar, and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Soda Water: This is water that has been infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure. It stretches the drink and adds some fizz. We used Topo Chico because it’s light, essentially flavorless, and refreshing.

Sage Leaves: These are the garnish. They add more fresh sage aroma.

Tasting Notes

The Salted Sage Paloma is refreshingly tart with just the right hints of salt and sage and the surprisingly well-masked taste of tequila.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We both thought that this mix of flavors made it dangerously delicious to both of our palates. It would be the perfect pick for taco nights and will definitely be added to our go-to list of cocktails.

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Recipe

AuthorLittle Cantina

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 2 oz Tequila Blanco
 3 oz Grapefruit Juice
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 Soda Water
 2 Sage Leaves

Method
1

Add tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, salted sage syrup, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice.

4

Top with soda water.

5

Stir gently for 3-5 seconds.

6

Garnish with sage leaves.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Tequila Blanco
 3 oz Grapefruit Juice
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 Soda Water
 2 Sage Leaves

Directions

Method
1

Add tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, salted sage syrup, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice.

4

Top with soda water.

5

Stir gently for 3-5 seconds.

6

Garnish with sage leaves.

Salted Sage Paloma

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