My parents are really good at making April babies. My sister and I are all born within the first 14 days of April so it always made for lots of festivities and celebrations growing up. This year we’re celebrating my oldest sister’s birthday because she’s entering into a new decade, but I don’t dare tell you which or she’ll have my head.
For the occasion, we’re heading south to Los Cabos for a long weekend that I’m hoping involves nothing more than some surf, sand, and lots of guac and tequila. My older sister, Ivy, has a love for all things tequila, but she has a special place in her heart for the Paloma. She was the first one to introduce me to this simplest of simple cocktail combinations of lime, Fresca, and tequila. I now make it my mission to try every version I encounter in attempts to find my favorite.
While there’s no denying that a classic Paloma is a thing of beauty, I’ve had a fun time changing up the juices and flavoring the salt (which, PS, is an absolutely essential addition to the drink). This latest version with Blood Orange soda and crushed thyme is a bit swankier but just the sort of thing to ring in a new decade – an ageless beauty of a cocktail for my ageless sister.