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Paloma with Chaat Masala

Author: Seven Spoons by Tara O'Brady


  • 2 limes, divided
  • kosher salt
  • A few pinches chaat masala
  • 3/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 tbs agave nectar
  • ice
  • 8 ounces silver tequila
  • club soda, for finishing the drinks
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala
  • sliced citrus rounds (lime works best, size-wise)


  • Cut 1 lime into wedges and run them around the rims of 2 highball glasses. Mix some kosher salt and a few pinches of chaat masala on a small plate. Roll the rims of the glasses in the salt-chaat masala mixture.
  • Divide the grapefruit juice between the 2 glasses, then add 1 tbs agave nectar to each glass. Squeeze half of the second lime into each glass. Stir gently to combine. Fill the glass with your desired amount of ice, then pour 4 oz. tequila in each glass. Top with club soda, then sprinkle ΒΌ tsp chaat masala on top of each drink. Slip a citrus wedge into the side of each drink and serve immediately.


Recipe is sourced from Seven Spoons by Tara O'Brady. Since Kamala Harris was the initial inspiration for this essay, this drink seemed appropriate. She is a Senator from California, where Mexican restaurants and beverages are quite popular, and she is half Indian - hence the chaat masala. Speaking of which, you can find it at specialty stores and online, and Google will provide tons of resources if you wish to make it yourself.