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The Blackberry Paloma is a berry delicious take on an already twisted cocktail! Muddle grapefruit juice and blackberries together with a little tequila, mint, and sugar, and you’ve got yourself a lovely version of the popular Mexican drink.
Today has been a stellar day.
Yesterday was bittersweet, but today – completely wonderful. Freeing. It brought me a glimmer of clarity and peace that I never thought I’d know.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate a new job – a new lease on life – than with a delicious little cocktail that’s perfect for Cinco de Mayo, can you?
I won’t wax poetic about career changes, but I highly recommend them. Especially if you’re mostly miserable where you are.
Excuse my Millennial, but in spite of hating the shorthanded, hipster phrasing, I am a firm believer in YOLO.
You Only Live Once.
For the last three weeks, I’ve been explaining my decision to leave my career of 17 years for a relatively uncertain future, but I haven’t needed to. Long story short, if I don’t leave now and do something that makes me happy…I never will. And since I’m so highly supported and encouraged by my husband and loved ones, it didn’t seem fair to myself to not take the chance.
I’ve jumped feet-first into a fast moving train of a job, but I think I’ve found the seatbelt. Now if someone would pass me a Blackberry Paloma to enjoy the ride with, I think I’ll be set!
So, Palomas. What are they? Think of a margarita, but you toss in some deliciously tart grapefruit juice. That’s basically it. It’s a lovely cocktail, and this one is made even lovelier with the use of fresh blackberries and bright mint to balance out the bitter citrus.
It’s gonna be a delicious addition to your Cinco de Mayo menu, too.
My sweet, sweet friend Faith came to town to visit and celebrate my semi-“retirement,” and after spending the afternoon running around to a thrift store to find highball glasses (which I surprisingly do not own) and the grocery store (because I forgot to get half of the ingredients for this recipe,) she assisted me with this shoot!
Faith and I have become fast friends, which I am beyond grateful for. I met her two years ago at my first Food Wine Conference, and I kept up with her online (as bloggers tend to do) as time passed. This past March, we ended up at an influencer event together and reconnected, and since then?
Like a bestie love story. 🙂
After the shoot, we were whisked away by Lara to the beach and dinner for further celebrating purposes. There was wine, and mussels on garlic toast, and pimiento cheese. And more wine. And then ice cream.
A girl date to end all girl dates…I couldn’t have asked for a better evening.
This drink takes 7 ingredients – how many of them do you have in your home right now?
- 5 fresh blackberries
- 2 fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice
- 3 shots tequila blanco
- 1 shot simple syrup or agave nectar
- 1/4 lime juiced
- 1/2 cup sparkling water or club soda
- Fresh mint for garnish
- Crushed ice
- In a cocktail jigger, gently muddle the blackberries and lime together. Add the grapefruit juice, tequila, simple syrup, and lime juice; shake until well mixed.
- Pour over a tall glass filled with ice and top up with sparkling water. Garnish with mint as desired.
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