No, this isn't really a Paloma. It's missing the one key ingredient (grapefruit) that distinguishes a Paloma from most other tequila cocktails -- and instead calls on watermelon, that quintessential American summer treat, to do fruit duty.
But the word Paloma is so lovely (in case you didn't know, it means "dove" in Spanish) I couldn't resist borrowing it. Plus, the whole point of a Paloma is to be refreshing, which this drink certainly is. So I thought maybe I could get away with it.
In order to make this Paloma imposter, you'll need to start with fresh watermelon juice. If you have a blender or a food processor, it's just as easy to make a lot as it is to make a little; I recommend buying a whole (small) watermelon and whizzing up the entire thing in a couple of batches. You'll have beautiful pink juice in your fridge for the week, which you can drink on its own or use in any number of other ways.
More: Use your leftover watermelon juice to make this watermelon lemonade.
Makes one cocktail, with extra watermelon juice
1 small watermelon (about 5 pounds), cubed
1 1/2 ounces tequila blanca
1/4 cup watermelon juice
Juice of 1/2 a lime
Photos by James Ransom
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