Paleo-friendly cocktails for your Cinco de Mayo party

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It’s almost Cinco de Mayo, and it’s also my birthday! Time for a cocktail party!

 

Normally I don’t drink much, after dropping beer and minimizing wine when I started Paleo, but I’m making an exception for this weekend. Cinco de Mayo seems like the perfect holiday to break out the Paleo-friendly tequila mixed drinks, but I couldn’t find many good, Paleo-friendly tequila-based drinks, aside from the NorCal Margarita. So I scoured the ‘net for some non-Paleo tequila cocktails, then Paleo-fied them for my (and your) party. These were a hit at my cocktail party, and I hope you enjoy them as well. I’m a total noob when it comes to mixing drinks, so these recipes are written for someone with no experience behind a bar.

 

All of these cocktails require tequila. You don’t need top-shelf tequila for these to taste good, but since they don’t have a lot of sugary crap, you can’t use bottom-shelf tequila either. Go for something mid-tier and you will be really happy :)

 

NorCal Margarita

The classic Paleo cocktail, invented by Robb Wolf. This is probably the healthiest of the drinks here, but probably the least tasty as well.

 

Ingredients:

Ice

Tequila

Soda water

Lime juice

 

Fill a glass (tall or short, your choice) with a few cubes of ice. Add one shot of tequila, fill with soda water, and squeeze about a teaspoon of lime juice on top. Mix and enjoy!

“Paleoma”

This is a light, fruity fizzy, drink, very refreshing and smooth, based on the Mexican Paloma. Unlike normal Palomas, this drink doesn’t use any artificially sweetened soda; it gets its flavor from a small amount of natural juice (and tequila, natch).

 

Ingredients:

Ice

Tequila

Soda water

Lime juice

Grapefruit juice

 

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add one shot of tequila, fill 3/4 of the way with soda water, then add a shot of grapefruit juice and about a teaspoon of lime juice. Mix well and enjoy!

 

Paleo Grenada

I found at least three different cocktails on the Internet called “Grenada”, and they were all completely different! I modified this one recipe to substitute natural fruit juice instead of the saccharine-sweet mixer liqueur called Grenadine. This drink is delicious, and was the most popular at my party. It also has the most sugar due to the grapefruit juice, so enjoy in moderation.

 

Ingredients:

Ice
Tequila

Grapefruit juice

Pomegranate juice

 

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add one shot of tequila, fill with grapefruit juice, and add a splash of pomegranate juice. Mix well and enjoy!

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