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Paloma Riff: Tasteful Nudes

Tasteful Nudes

Rosemary and tequila perk up with Aperol and grapefruit.

Referencing both the classic Paloma cocktail and the Indian Paintbrush from Garage bar in Austin, the Tasteful Nudes is a prime example of Matthew Roedel’s mixing prowess. “I love the grapefruit/rosemary combination and thought that adding tequila to the mix would make for something quintessentially Southwestern,” he says of the drink. “Toasting the rosemary added a pleasant smokiness as well offering a striking visual presentation. From there, I thought the Aperol was a great way to marry the citrus-y/sweet elements of the drink to the bitter, vegetal aspects of the agave and the aromatics.”


  • 1½ oz. blanco tequila
  • 1 oz. pink grapefruit juice
  • ¾ oz. rosemary simple syrup
  • ½ oz. fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz. Aperol
  • 2 dashes Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters
  • Tools:shaker, strainer
  • Glass:rocks
  • Garnish:1 sprig of rosemary, toasted


Add all the ingredients except the rosemary to a shaker, shake and strain into an ice-filled collins glass. Toast the rosemary sprig with a kitchen torch until smoldering and place into the glass to garnish.

Rosemary Syrup: Place 6 large sprigs of rosemary in a heat-proof quart container. Cover with 2 cups of near-boiling hot water. Let sit for 15-20 minutes. Remove the rosemary and add 2 cups of granulated sugar. Stir until fully dissolved. Fine-strain into a clean glass bottle or jar and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.


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