A Blond Girls' Pink Paloma Martini

When I was a little girl I remember my daddy taking me for a walk around Lake Benbrook in Fort Worth Texas. He said, “Beth, what is it you want?” My mom-enforced Dorothy Hamill hair self said, “Daddy, I want to have my hair done by a designer. Someone who can make me feel and look beautiful; who can design hair around ME!” I didn’t really know what I meant at the time nor did I know that prophecy would somehow come true when I was in my early 30’s. Having returned to my Texas as a wandering chef, I found myself in an old bakery turned hair salon boutique on South Congress in Austin. My hair was in the hands of a woman name Deborah Mastelotto. With her, the two words that have defined the last 10 years of my previous non-disclosed private pampered hair life are BLOND & PINK.

While a lot can be said about a little girl whose goal in life is to have designer hair, this grown up Texas woman loves her fondness for blondness & the knowledge that Pink does make everything better (well, to me at least)!

This recipe is for my friend Deborah as she launches her new blog Pinkchronicity. Now raise your glass and take a sip!

a blond girls’ pink paloma martini

Juice of one Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit
¼-1/2 C of your favorite resposado tequila
Juice of ½ of a small lime Splash of sparkling water

¼ tsp of sugar (optional)
1 sprig of mint or basil for garnish (optional)
Add ice to the top of two martini glasses & set aside.

In a martini shaker, pour grapefruit juice, tequila, lime juice, sparkling water & sugar (optional). Shake vigorously so you get those lovely ice chips on the top of your drink. Shaking vigorously will also dissolve the sugar ; if you choose to use it. Drop ice cubes from martini glasses into the sink. Pour Paloma mixture into glasses. Garnish with mint and/or basil. Drink immediately with thoughtfulness & abandon.
Tip 1: If you are not a “ta-kil-ya” kind of gal replace with citrus vodka. My fav is Grey Goose Lemon.
Tip 2: If you don’t like the pulp, strain fresh grapefruit juice through a strainer.

Yields: 2 4-5 ounce Paloma Martini’s for you (and a friend –maybe) .