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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.


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.