One of our favorite ways to spend a morning is strolling through our local farmers’ market and seeing all the beautiful, fruits, veggies and flowers. The rise and popularity of farmers’ markets have blossomed over the past decade as we’ve learned the benefits of eating locally and seasonally. You’ve probably been inspired to cook and plan meals around the fruits and veggies you’ve discovered at the market, but you can easily incorporate fresh ingredients in your cocktails as well!
Today, we’re sharing a new series with Dan and Marie—the duo behind The Whaling Club—a full-service cocktail consulting company based in Los Angeles. Specializing in weddings, private gatherings, social content and brand development, The Whaling Club offers a unique approach to signature cocktails using seasonal ingredients, classic techniques and hand-cut ice. We are so excited that they’ll be sharing monthly cocktail inspiration made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Whether you’re hosting a party, having drinks for two or planning an event, you’re going to want to take notes.
La Paloma Cocktail
“We’re starting off with something that’s seasonally transitional and very easy to make. The Paloma, Mexico’s most-beloved cocktail. Did you know Palomas are actually preferred over margaritas in Mexico? While we love us a traditional marg, Paloma’s offer up so much flavor. They’re usually prepared with tequila, grapefruit soda and a squeeze of fresh lime. We love to use fresh ingredients whenever possible, and the Paloma really comes to life when prepared with fresh-squeezed grapefruit.
The best thing about finding locally grown ingredients is that farmers are bringing their weekly harvest directly to you to choose the freshest, most flavorful ingredients. So for our Paloma, we sourced oro blancos, pink pomelos and Star Ruby grapefruits. Each is unique in flesh color and bittersweet flavor. To tell you the truth, we couldn’t pick a favorite and we’re pretty sure you won’t be able to either! To make this cocktail, head to your local farmers’ market and pick up a few seasonal grapefruits. While you’re out, don’t forget to snag a few limes, too!”
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1/2 ounce agave syrup
- 1 1/2 ounces seasonal grapefruit juice
- 2 ounces blanco tequila
- *club soda
Combine all ingredients *(except club soda) in a shaking tin. Shake and strain into a salt-rimmed collins glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a wedge of lime. If you’re like us and want to choose a variety of grapefruits, you’ll get a pretty cool ombré effect of cocktails like we did here. But if you’re set on one flavor, it’ll be just as delicious!