Oh boy. I remember the days when I was young and crazy and could drink all night and still make it to work the next day, not a hair out of place. Nowadays, one beer after work knocks me out. And a few rounds of cocktails? Fuhgettaboutit. There was even a time in my life when I referred to Cinco de Mayo as Cinco de Drinko. Don’t act like you didn’t call it that too. Oh wait, you still do? Well, in that case…
There’s a bar in Seattle that serves a drink called the To-Go. It’s a bottle of grapefruit Jarritos, topped off with tequila. I mean, c'mon people, that’s genius. It’s essentially a paloma in its own to-go bottle. Perfectly contained. How is that not the most genius drink to serve at a BBQ/picnic/fiesta!? No shakers, no stirry things, not even any red plastic cups, for goodness sake!
The one challenge with making this drink at home: where the eff do you find grapefruit Jarritos!? I tried two Mexican markets, 2 big grocery stores, and 1 gas station. I found lime, pineapple, fruit punch, orange, and even tamarind. No grapefruit. The good news is, the variety of fun flavors also works here, and the colors are bright and festive and just what Dr. de Mayo ordered. But if you’re dying for grapefruit and can’t find it, feel free to sub with another grapefruit soda or fizzy drink like Izze.
Ok amigos y amigas, let’s make To-Gos!
Step 1: Fill a big bowl/bucket/cooler/tub with ice.
Step 2: Wedge a bunch of fun flavored Mexican sodas in said ice.
Step 3: Provide 1 mini bottle (airplane size) of tequila per soda.
Step 4: Open a soda, and take a big swig.
Step 5: Pour a full mini bottle of tequila in the soda bottle.
Step 6: add a lime wedge.
Step 7: BEBER!