Palomina – Alabama Alcohol Catering

When it comes to Alabama alcohol catering, the first rule of thumb is to be accessible. We provide a wide array of events and functions with our bartenders, where we may run into the most sophisticated of cocktail palettes as well as the folks that just want a good ole Jack Daniels. From the simple tastes to the overly refined, our goal is to put a smile on each persons face by serving them exactly what they want. Sometimes this may be quite cumbersome to use a specific spirit that our guests may be unfamiliar with, such as Mezcal.

Alabama has only known Mezcal for a short year and a half when the first bottle was brought into the ABC portfolio. Unfortunately, however, this specific brand was better suited for cleaning motors than consuming. If you’ve seen this bottle in the past few years in the state, you might remember the worm floating at the bottom. Not ideal for a nice summer time cocktail….maybe a frat house initiation! (*this last sentence does not reflect the interest of The Bar Hops, nor will we be held responsible for such despicable action)

This spirit though, similar to Tequila, has various categories and levels. In the past two years, Mezcal has made a huge splash in larger American metropolises. Why? Because its absolutely fantastic! Smokey, earthly, aged flavors give way to delicate fruits and tones that encompass the multitude of different agave species used in production. Before I get into too much detail, let me back track to one of my favorite afternoon drinks and the Bar Hops riff we are showcasing today.

Paloma in Spanish means “dove”. Depending on how you read that you might be thinking of the bird or a pool….I was thinking of the pool in this sweltering heat when I ordered the drink of the same name last week at El Barrio. A pretty simple concoction of Resposado Tequila, Salt, Lime, and Grapefruit soda can be entirely refreshing on its own. This is more than likely why it has in fact surpassed the Margarita as Mexicos’s most consumed cocktail…by locals at least. And of course what did I think I would do when I got back into our cocktail lab but to cut up and rearrange that recipe with my love of Mezcal. May I present the Palomina.

1.5 oz Del Maguey Vida Mezcal
1/2 oz Fresh Grapefruit
1/4 oz Fresh Key Lime
Jarritos Torranja Grapefruit Soda to fill
2 dashes Bittercube Blackstrap Bitters
Half Spent Lime Shell
3 Thyme Sprigs
Kosher Salt

1. In a shaker tin, add Mezcal, Grapefruit, Lime, Thyme, and lime shell.
2. Pack tin with ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
3. Set aside tin and fill a Collins glass with ice, followed by dashing a healthy pinch of kosher salt on top.
4. Double strain tin contents into glass to filter out any limey-thymey bits.
5. Fill with Jarritos Toranja Grapefruit Soda and dash Bitters
6. Stir/Serve/Olé!

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