It’s officially spring! Not that I’ve been anxiously awaiting it. Seriously. It’s been somewhere between 17 and 87 degrees Fahrenheit in the Midwest for the last month or so, and last weekend felt like the goddamn armit of summertime. But whatever, it’s finally spring and now I get to share one of my favorite seasonal drink recipes, The Spring Schwing.
A very loose but pretty-fucking-fancy take on the classic Paloma cocktail, this tequila and ruby-red grapefruit concoction also features one of my favorite flavors in the world: ginger. And no, I’m not using ginger beer again. At least not this time.
Both the ginger and the sweetness in this drink come from Domaine de Canton, a ginger liqueur that really should be a fixture in your home bar. It’s easy to find in most liquor stores, and if you’re going to put fucking sugar water in your drinks anyway, it might as well be boozy and gingery, right? I mean, there are very few drinks that aren’t improved with a little splash of this golden goodness. (That said, if you love ginger as much as I do, and you like it spicy, I also recommend Barrow’s Intense ginger liqueur, but I can’t keep that shit in the house or I’ll drink the entire bottle in a week. No joke.)
Anyway, ruby-red grapefruit is in season right now, so it’s available at most grocery stores and markets. Of course, you could substitute bottled juice, but fresh citrus does so much more for cocktails than the pre-bottled stuff — and really, if you can’t be bothered to juice one fucking grapefruit, why don’t you just go sit over there and suck down some Red Bull and vodka while you flip through Kim Kardashian’s selfie book.
You may want to strain the pulp if that kind of thing ruins your schwing, but other than that, this drink goes down real easy.
The Spring Schwing
1 ounce reposado tequila
1 ounce Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
2 ounces fresh-squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice
1 sprig rosemary, for garnish
Add the tequila, ginger liqueur and grapefruit juice to an old-fashioned or stemless wine glass. Stir well, add a handful of ice (or one giant ice cube) and top off with club soda. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.
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