Cucumber Rosemary Paloma + an update!

You may think you’re seeing doubles with this Cucumber Rosemary Paloma or an odd repeat from last week. On the contrary, I promise you this is not sheer laziness on my behalf by giving you a wildly delicious variation of the Raspberry Mint Paloma we featured last week for Cinco de Mayo. You see, a few weeks ago my friend Rachel, from Rachel’s Lookbook, and I had an impromptu girls night at her place! Her fiancé was out of town, so it was the perfect excuse to finally watch La La Land, drink cocktails, and graze on “healthy” munchies (I have to get bikini ready for her upcoming bachelorette partay in MIAMI! Trying to stay laser-focused, eek!) 

I decided to use this fun night as a time to experiment on Rachel, because who doesn’t love that, haha! However, I seriously needed her help picking out the perfect Paloma cocktail recipe from a really long list of options. I ‘m notorious for being a horrible decision maker! She decided on two options from my mile-long list and I showed up to her house that night with bags full of ingredients and immediately took over her just-cleaned kitchen for a little cocktail-mixing fun.

 

Cucumber Rosemary Paloma. Beat the summer heat with this very refreshing Cucumber Rosemary Paloma, a traditional Mexican sparkling grapefruit cocktail. Recipe at www.designofanykind.com

Cucumber Rosemary Paloma. Beat the summer heat with this very refreshing Cucumber Rosemary Paloma, a traditional Mexican sparkling grapefruit cocktail. Recipe at www.designofanykind.com

Cucumber Rosemary Paloma. Beat the summer heat with this very refreshing Cucumber Rosemary Paloma, a traditional Mexican sparkling grapefruit cocktail. Recipe at www.designofanykind.com

Cucumber Rosemary Paloma. Beat the summer heat with this very refreshing Cucumber Rosemary Paloma, a traditional Mexican sparkling grapefruit cocktail. Recipe at www.designofanykind.com

Cucumber Rosemary Paloma. Beat the summer heat with this very refreshing Cucumber Rosemary Paloma, a traditional Mexican sparkling grapefruit cocktail. Recipe at www.designofanykind.com

Cucumber Rosemary Paloma. Beat the summer heat with this very refreshing Cucumber Rosemary Paloma, a traditional mexican sparkling grapefruit cocktail. Recipe at www.designofanykind.com

Cucumber Rosemary Paloma. Beat the summer heat with this very refreshing Cucumber Rosemary Paloma, a traditional mexican sparkling grapefruit cocktail. Recipe at www.designofanykind.com

Cucumber Rosemary Paloma. Beat the summer heat with this very refreshing Cucumber Rosemary Paloma, a traditional mexican sparkling grapefruit cocktail. Recipe at www.designofanykind.com

Ultimately, we were never able to decide on our favorite recipe, but we did determine that La La Land was a really great movie and Ryan Gosling is so dreamy (I know, it’s cheesy, but he really is. Which is why we ended up watching Crazy Stupid Love right after.)

As for the Paloma cocktails, they were simply too good and each unique in their own ways. For this reason, I’ve decided to give you all both cocktail recipes. I figured I will likely be sipping on these refreshing and very easy to make Paloma cocktails all summer long and there’s no reason why you wouldn’t want to do the same. Especially those of you who happen to have a pool at your disposal. This is the ultimate poolside-sipping cocktail! Ah, summer I’m so glad you’ve finally come! 

Oh, and that special update I told you about? Well, my little brother, Matt is finally moving back to MN for the summer! Eek, I can hardly stand it! We’ve all missed him. He’s been living up way up north in Eureka, Ca for the past 3 years and he’s finally decided it’s time for a new chapter in his life. (There’s a possibility he may go to Wales, WHAT!!!!)

 

Isn’t he just the cutest! We have a lot of fun together and now the three of us siblings, and of course, Adam will be hanging out for the summer! As a result, chaos will ensue, I promise and very much hope so! 

He made this very last minute decision two weeks ago (we both seem to have the habit of doing this). He quit his job, packed his bags and is currently en route with my middle brother, Chris. It just so happened that Chris drove all the way to California with a brief stop in Las Vegas, to see my aunt, uncle and little cousin. Chris has never been to Cali, so I’m incredibly happy that he was able to experience it and spend some time with our family in Napa. I’m just so bummed that he finally made it there right after years of me hounding him to come visit and now I’m not there to show him around and partake in all of the fun they had in Napa. Forgive me if I need a moment to pout! 

All in all, this is great news for our family and we are ecstatic to have Matt back with us, so I thought you would like to know as well! I also have some extra muscle to help me on all of these projects I want to get done this summer. Extra bonus!! We’ve been tearing up our fire pit and giving it a new look this last month. A lot of it has fallen on my shoulders since both Adam and my dad are constantly busy. Now I may actually have the chance to finish it before winter comes again and our entire summer was lost without smores and laughter around the bonfire! Truly one of the best things about summer, am I right? Ah yes, life is good! Cheers!

 

Cucumber Rosemary Paloma
Beat the summer heat with this very refreshing Cucumber Rosemary Paloma, a traditional Mexican sparkling grapefruit cocktail.
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Ingredients
  1. Pink Himalayan salt
  2. 5 cucumber slices, cut thick
  3. 1 oz. tablespoons rosemary simple syrup (see recipe below)
  4. 2 oz tequila, omit to make a virgin Paloma
  5. 2 oz. fresh grapefruit juice, about half of 1 grapefruit
  6. Large ice cubes, 2” in size if possible
  7. 3-4 cucumber slices, cut thin
  8. Grapefruit seltzer* or sparkling water
  9. 1 rosemary sprig, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Salt the rim of a glass by rubbing a slice of grapefruit or cucumber along the rim and dipping into pink himalayan salt. Set glass aside. In a different glass or a shaker, add “thick” sliced cucumbers, rosemary syrup, and tequila. Using a muddler, gently push the cucumbers down until they release their juices and are lightly smashed. Add in the grapefruit juice and stir. Strain mixture into salt-rimmed glass. Add a few ice cubes and “thin” cucumber slices. Top off with grapefruit seltzer or sparkling water. Give the drink a gentle stir. Taste and add more rosemary syrup, if desired. Enjoy!
  2. Rosemary Simple Syrup: Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup sugar to a pot. Bring to a simmer and cook until all sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add 2 sprigs of rosemary. Let cool completely and strain rosemary from simple syrup.
Notes
  1. * I like Spindrift Grapefruit Sparkling Water, which can be found at Trader Joe’s
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