Photography ©Avery Pearson

Mix Master

Jason Fitzpatrick Talks Cocktails

by Nicole Pearson

When the Santa Fean sat down with mixologist and brewmaster, Jason Fitzpatrick, co-founder of Tumbleroot Brewing and Distillery, we wanted to know about a craft cocktail that was easy to prepare at home. Fitzpatrick smiled. He clearly had a few tricks up his sleeve. For a homemade craft cocktail, he suggests the understated but classic Paloma.

The Paloma

Rub a sliced lime around the rim of a highball glass. Immerse the rim in Maldon Sea Salt Flakes. Pour two ounces of Tumbleroot Plata Agave Spirit into the glass. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a squeeze of fresh grapefruit juice. Fill the glass with ice. Pour in Jarritos grapefruit soda until full. Give a quick stir with a cocktail spoon and garnish with a strip of grapefruit peel.

Co-Founder of Tumbleroot Breweri and Distillery, Jason Fitzpatrick.
Co-Founder of Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery, Jason Fitzpatrick. Photography ©Avery Pearson.
A tall cocktail
The classic Paloma. Photography ©Avery Pearson.

“This is a refreshing, delicious crowd pleaser that is easy to make at home with just a few simple ingredients,” says Fitzpatrick, “but if you’re pressed for time, I would recommend our canned cocktails.” Tumbleroot has created three delicious, ready-to-use options when you need a craft cocktail but are in a bind for time: Palomas (grapefruit soda and tequila), mojitos (a traditional Cuban highball featuring rum, lime and mint) and Moscow Mules (the perfect combination of ginger beer and vodka). All are made with fresh ingredients and Tumbleroot spirits. Order them by phone to pick up curbside, or have some cans added to your tab at the restaurant and take them with you. Serve them in your own glasses and add a garnish. Your guests will never know the difference between these tasty cocktails and ones made from scratch.

Nicole Pearson

Originally from Lawrence, Kansas, Nicole came with her fiancé back to his hometown of Santa Fe after college. They have one son. Nicole has years of experience editing academic manuscripts for publication. She holds multiple degrees, including a BS in speech, language and hearing, and two master’s degrees in education. She loves hiking, camping, reading, collecting bronze sculptures, early mornings and any opportunity to watch live sporting events.


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