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Often times inspiration strikes in quirky ways.

Bar regular Silvia Alcaraz, owner of Dignowity Kolaches and Cocina Heritage Catering, popped into the tasting room with a bottle of Fresca and asked for a Paloma.

The Paloma, a cocktail that combines grapefruit soda with tequila, hails from Mexico and is comparable to the Greyhound, which combines grapefruit juice with either gin or vodka.

For our summer menu, we combined Kinsman Rakia with grapefruit juice, lime juice, and topped it with Fresca. We finish the cocktail with a healthy shake of Peychaud’s and a beautiful grapefruit slice for added zest.

Kinsman Paloma

1 1/2 Kinsman Rakia

1/2 ounce Grapefruit Juice

1/2 ounce Lime Juice

Fresca, for topping (or grapefruit soda of choice)

Peychaud’s bitters

Directions // Combine Kinsman and juices in a tin with ice. Give it a quick shake, pour into a rocks glass and garnish with a grapefruit slice. Add crushed ice. Top with Fresca (or grapefruit pop of choice); add Peychaud’s and enjoy.