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Aperol Paloma

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Ready to shake up your cocktail routine? The Aperol Paloma is a vibrant take on the classic Paloma, infusing it with a hint of Italian flair and a spicy kick. This cocktail mixes the boldness of blanco tequila with the bittersweet charm of Aperol, balanced by the tartness of citrus and a touch of heat from fresh jalapeños.

It’s the kind of drink that captures the essence of a festive evening, perfect for sipping as the sun sets.

Before shaking up the cocktail mixture itself, you’ll need to prepare the glass by rimming it with lime and Tajin. This colorful rim not only adds visual appeal but also enhances each sip with a tangy, spicy crunch that contrasts beautifully with the drink’s juicy, fruity notes. Once this step is complete, set the glass aside until it’s ready to be served.

Now, we can begin building this cocktail up. Since this is a variation of the classic Paloma we are utilizing tequila as the base spirit, blanco tequila to be more specific. Blanco tequila is ideal for most tequila base cocktails, and the same is said for this Aperol Paloma cocktail recipe. This is a spirit known for its clear, pure flavor that carries a subtle floral and peppery taste, setting the perfect foundation for the other ingredients.

Aperol, with its gorgeous orange hue and complex bitter-sweet profile, steps in to introduce a slightly herbal and wonderfully bitter counterpoint to the tequila. It’s what gives the Aperol Paloma a distinctive twist, merging Italian aperitivo culture with Mexican cocktail tradition.

Citrus plays a crucial role here; fresh lime and grapefruit juices add a refreshing zestiness that cuts through the sweetness. Lime juice sharpens the edges, while grapefruit juice offers a milder tartness and a hint of sweetness that complements the Aperol beautifully. These citrus elements keep the cocktail balanced and light.

A dash of simple syrup is all it takes to smooth out any tart or bitter edges, ensuring that each sip is as refreshing as it is complex. The addition of fresh jalapeño slices introduces a gentle heat, which bubbles under the surface, adding an exciting layer of flavor that tingles on the palate.

Once these ingredients are shaken together with ice, it is double strained into your prepared glass from earlier to be topped off with soda water. This elevates the cocktail as whole providing it with a pleasant bubbly texture and refreshing edge. This is also what gives the cocktail a stunning ombré effect from the deep orange of Aperol to the pale pink of grapefruit juice, creating a sunset-like gradient.

 

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Step 1: Rim a rocks glass with lime and Tajin. Set aside.⁠

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Step 2: Pour all ingredients (aside from the soda water) into a cocktail shaker with 3 jalapeño slices and top it with ice. Shake until chilled.⁠

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Step 3: Strain the mixture into your prepared glass over fresh ice.

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Step 4: Top the mixture off with soda water and garnish with 2 slices of jalapeños atop.

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The Aperol Paloma stands out with its thoughtful blend of ingredients, marrying the robustness of tequila with the nuanced bitterness of Aperol, all while balancing the heat of jalapeños with the refreshing qualities of citrus. It’s a sophisticated choice for those who appreciate a cocktail that delivers both flavor and flair.

So gather your ingredients and prepare to enjoy a cocktail experience that’s both invigorating and distinctly satisfying!

Aperol Paloma

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  1. Step 1 – Rim a rocks glass with lime and Tajin. Set aside.⁠
  2. Step 2 – Pour all ingredients (aside from the soda water) into a cocktail shaker with 3 jalapeño slices and top it with ice. Shake until chilled.⁠
  3. Step 3 – Strain the mixture into your prepared glass over fresh ice.
  4. Step 4 – Top the mixture off with soda water and garnish with 2 slices of jalapeños atop.

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