I am a Texan. Born and raised. All through college at Texas Tech University (if we weren't drinking booze) there was usually a cold Topo Chico in the hand of someone. You can’t really find them anymore but they used to have lime and grapefruit flavored ones and they really hit the spot. On hot evenings we would drink them with Crystal Palace (never again) gin and lots of lime.
People are still drinking Topo but they have started watering down their margaritas with it and I think this is a smashing idea. Here is how I make mine:
In a Rocks Glass:
Add a Few Chunks of Ice:
Three Thick Squeezed Grapefruit Peels
45 ml Frozen Sotol/Tequila/Mezcal etc.
15 ml Lime
10 ml Simple
A Pinch of Salt
A Pinch of Red Chili Pepper
Jostle around to incorporate.
Top off with ice cold Topo Chico.
Note: I shouldn't have to tell you this, but the Topo should be out of a glass bottle.
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