Current (Cocktail) Obsession: Tequila Don Julio Blanco – Picante Paloma

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m all about the Margarita. But every once in a while, I like to break out of my cocktail comfort zone and whip up something new. Say hello to the Paloma. And no cocktail is complete with a good tequila. It’s one thing I never skimp on. One of my faves: Tequila Don Julio Blanco

Don Julio is the result of one man’s pursuit to craft the perfect tequila. Over 60 years after the opening of La Primavera distillery, the recipe has been mastered, but the passion remains. Every bottle of tequila that bears the Don Julio label measures up to a standard established by the pillars of quality, authenticity and heritage. Handcrafted in the highlands of Mexico’s Jalisco region, made from the highest quality blue agave, and born from tradition — Don Julio is the “real” tequila that every person should experience.

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Picante Paloma

Created by mixologist Mica Rousseau of Mexico City


1 1/4 oz. Tequila Don Julio Blanco

1/4 oz. Ancho Reyes Verde

1 oz. Fresh Ruby Red Pink Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup

8 to 10 Leaves of Cilantro

San Pellegrino Sparkling Water for Top

Bouquet of Cilantro for Garnish


  1. Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, Ancho Reyes Verde, ruby red pink grapefruit juice, simple syrup and cilantro into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.
  2. Strain contents into highball glass over fresh ice.
  3. Top with San Pellegrino Sparkling Water.
  4. Garnish with a bouquet of cilantro.


Ideal Serving Glass: Highball Glass

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