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The thought occurred to me earlier today that PAMA pomegranate liqueur and tequila might make for a happy pairing, and since I knew I had a fresh grapefruit waiting at home in need of a good squeezing, I naturally thought: Paloma, the traditional Mexican summer cocktail of tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda, accented with a pinch of salt.
Then when I realized that “PAMA Paloma” was too appealingly alliterative to pass up, I knew I had to run with it. And I’m really glad I did. In fact, at the risk of patting myself too hard on the back, I’m even a bit shocked at how well this came out. (True, the Paloma uses grapefruit soda rather than grapefruit and soda, but the effect is similar enough to warrant sticking with the name.)
The Cynar here was the wildcard; the artichoke amaro could have gone either way, but it seemed worth risking as a bitter counterpoint to the sweet-tart combination of PAMA and grapefruit (and would also benefit from a brief but cordial introduction to our flavor-enhancing friend, salt).
The teaspoon float of mezcal was a lucky last-minute decision; it adds a bit of smokey complexity and while it’s probably “optional” I would certainly recommend throwing it in.
As I sit here finishing the last few refreshing sips, I have to say I would actually not be surprised to see something like this on the summer drinks list at a respectable cocktail bar. It’s that good. (Now to go ice my arm from the strain of so much self-congratulation—or maybe I’ll just make another one of these).
1.5 oz Lunazul reposado tequila .75 oz PAMA liqueur .5 oz Cynar .5 oz fresh grapefruit juice .5 oz fresh lime juice .25 oz light agave nectar pinch kosher salt soda water grapefruit garnish 1 tsp Del Maguey Vida mezcal floated on top
Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled, ice-filled Collins glass. Top off with soda. Garnish by squeezing a long swath of grapefruit peel over the drink then add to the glass so that a half-inch or so sticks out above the rim (be sure to shave off as much of the bitter white pith as possible). Float a teaspoon of mezcal on top and enjoy with the straw of your choice.

The thought occurred to me earlier today that PAMA pomegranate liqueur and tequila might make for a happy pairing, and since I knew I had a fresh grapefruit waiting at home in need of a good squeezing, I naturally thought: Paloma, the traditional Mexican summer cocktail of tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda, accented with a pinch of salt.

Then when I realized that “PAMA Paloma” was too appealingly alliterative to pass up, I knew I had to run with it. And I’m really glad I did. In fact, at the risk of patting myself too hard on the back, I’m even a bit shocked at how well this came out. (True, the Paloma uses grapefruit soda rather than grapefruit and soda, but the effect is similar enough to warrant sticking with the name.)

The Cynar here was the wildcard; the artichoke amaro could have gone either way, but it seemed worth risking as a bitter counterpoint to the sweet-tart combination of PAMA and grapefruit (and would also benefit from a brief but cordial introduction to our flavor-enhancing friend, salt).

The teaspoon float of mezcal was a lucky last-minute decision; it adds a bit of smokey complexity and while it’s probably “optional” I would certainly recommend throwing it in.

As I sit here finishing the last few refreshing sips, I have to say I would actually not be surprised to see something like this on the summer drinks list at a respectable cocktail bar. It’s that good. (Now to go ice my arm from the strain of so much self-congratulation—or maybe I’ll just make another one of these).

1.5 oz Lunazul reposado tequila
.75 oz PAMA liqueur
.5 oz Cynar
.5 oz fresh grapefruit juice
.5 oz fresh lime juice
.25 oz light agave nectar
pinch kosher salt
soda water
grapefruit garnish
1 tsp Del Maguey Vida mezcal floated on top

Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled, ice-filled Collins glass. Top off with soda. Garnish by squeezing a long swath of grapefruit peel over the drink then add to the glass so that a half-inch or so sticks out above the rim (be sure to shave off as much of the bitter white pith as possible). Float a teaspoon of mezcal on top and enjoy with the straw of your choice.

Looks like I made the Boston Herald’s Fork Lift blog. How strange.

Looks like I made the Boston Herald’s Fork Lift blog. How strange.

They’ve finally announced the winners publicly! Now I can rest easier knowing that the forms I signed last week weren’t just someone’s idea of a practical joke.
Proof:

Congratulations to the 2012 Winner!
Congratulations to Eric Witz on winning PAMA’s Best Home Bar Star Contest. Eric’s recipe, The Arnold PAMA, was truly a great entry! Judging was close throughout the competition, though Eric’s creativity, unique use of PAMA, ingredient combination and recipe name choice won over our fans and judges. Eric and a guest will be joining us at the 2012 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado. 

Thanks again to everyone who voted for a humble little cocktail that I’d like to think will change the world one day.

They’ve finally announced the winners publicly! Now I can rest easier knowing that the forms I signed last week weren’t just someone’s idea of a practical joke.

Proof:

Congratulations to the 2012 Winner!

Congratulations to Eric Witz on winning PAMA’s Best Home Bar Star Contest. Eric’s recipe, The Arnold PAMA, was truly a great entry! Judging was close throughout the competition, though Eric’s creativity, unique use of PAMA, ingredient combination and recipe name choice won over our fans and judges. Eric and a guest will be joining us at the 2012 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado.

Thanks again to everyone who voted for a humble little cocktail that I’d like to think will change the world one day.

Hear ye, hear ye! Just 3 days left to vote for my entry in the PAMA Home Bar Star contest! Please consider this a friendly reminder that I would very much appreciate your vote.
To sweeten the deal, I’ve decided to enter all who’ve been kind enough to vote for my drink in a drawing to win a totally amazing as-yet-to-be-determined prize. But trust me, it’ll knock your socks off once I figure out what it will be.* Just share this Tumblr post, or retweet this, or design attractive flyers to post in your local town square, or hire skywriters and/or a sign-toting zeppelin, and you’ll be automatically entered into the contest.
With just 3 days to go, I’m hoping to secure as many votes as possible so that my drink finishes in the top 10 when voting ends this Friday night. So please vote once a day and share this with anyone who might enjoy being bothered about some weird-sounding cocktail invented by some guy they’ve never met. My eternal love and gratitude will be yours now and forever (limitations apply).
Thanks!
*The prize could even be a sharp-looking pair of sock suspenders to prevent your socks from being knocked off so easily. Stay tuned!

Hear ye, hear ye! Just 3 days left to vote for my entry in the PAMA Home Bar Star contest! Please consider this a friendly reminder that I would very much appreciate your vote.

To sweeten the deal, I’ve decided to enter all who’ve been kind enough to vote for my drink in a drawing to win a totally amazing as-yet-to-be-determined prize. But trust me, it’ll knock your socks off once I figure out what it will be.* Just share this Tumblr post, or retweet this, or design attractive flyers to post in your local town square, or hire skywriters and/or a sign-toting zeppelin, and you’ll be automatically entered into the contest.

With just 3 days to go, I’m hoping to secure as many votes as possible so that my drink finishes in the top 10 when voting ends this Friday night. So please vote once a day and share this with anyone who might enjoy being bothered about some weird-sounding cocktail invented by some guy they’ve never met. My eternal love and gratitude will be yours now and forever (limitations apply).

Thanks!

*The prize could even be a sharp-looking pair of sock suspenders to prevent your socks from being knocked off so easily. Stay tuned!

PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur is not something I would typically  buy but I may have to reconsider if only for the chance to create a  prize-winning “killer cocktail” that proves I am “the host with the most.”  Shameless marketing copy aside, I sure would like to win $2,000.

PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur is not something I would typically buy but I may have to reconsider if only for the chance to create a prize-winning “killer cocktail” that proves I am “the host with the most.” Shameless marketing copy aside, I sure would like to win $2,000.