Whiskey Cocktail Hour: Lonesome Dove - The Whiskey Wash

Whiskey Cocktail Hour: Lonesome Dove

One of my favorite non-whiskey cocktails is the Paloma. Have you ever had one? If you’re someone who sticks to mainly whiskey cocktails, you may have overlooked this amazing drink. It’s a cocktail that is so refreshing, and just one step away from a standard margarita. Typically it’s made with tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and grapefruit soda. I typically make mine with mezcal, because I prefer the smoky notes of it to most tequila.

Since the Paloma is typically made with a light spirit, it stands to reason that it would work with other light/clear spirits. I decided to test this theory with some clear corn whiskey as the base. I was definitely not disappointed in the outcome. It was fresh and bright, and even a little more mellow than some of the tequila versions I’ve had. Paloma, by the way, means “dove” in Spanish. Recalling the TV series of my childhood, Lonesome Dove, an epic American western about two ex-Texas Rangers and their cattle drive, the name seemed fitting, since I picture those hardened cowboys drinking lots of whiskey.

If you’ve got some “moonshine” or unaged whiskey at home, this drink is definitely worth a try. You can also use fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and soda water instead of grapefruit soda, if you can’t find any. You might want to up the amount of simple syrup though, as it might not be as sweet. I prefer to use Jarritos over other grapefruit sodas, but that’s just a personal preference. I often experiment with others when I can find new brands to try.

Lonesome Dove

  • 2 oz Clear Whiskey (I used Stillhouse)
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • Grapefruit Soda

Instructions: Combine ingredients, except soda, in a glass with ice and stir to incorporate. Top with soda and garnish with a wedge of grapefruit. Enjoy!

For more awesome whiskey cocktail recipes, check out fern + shaker’s blog and follow along on Instagram.


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