I had my first Paloma cocktail dining al fresco on the riverwalk several years ago. It felt like the quintessential San Antonio experience, so it feels only right for me to pass this feeling on to you.
I have worked out a simple way to make a large quantity of these in a jiffy. I’ll let you in on a little secret. The Paloma is my go-to cocktail when it starts to warm up outside, and here’s why — I’m not a huge drinker. I might enjoy a glass of wine from time to time, but if I am going to be drinking socially, I need a drink I can sip for several hours, still enjoy and retain my senses.
Paloma’s are my cocktail of choice because they are so refreshing and only slightly sweet, they taste more like a soda than a cocktail! Because they are made using plenty of fresh citrus juices and soda water I can drink a few more of these than an average margarita, making them the perfect choice for BBQs and socializing with friends. Today, I’ll teach you how I make mine. This recipe is for one large Paloma like pictured here, but you can easily double, triple, or quadruple the quantities to make more.
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 1/2 cup of hot water
- fresh lime juice
- 2-3oz good tequila (based on personal preference)
- 1/2 cup ruby red grapefruit juice
- honey simple syrup, 1-2 tablespoons
- club soda (flavored sodas work great too!)
- Melt honey in 1/2 cup of hot water, I love to use my water kettle for simple things like this. Fill each glass halfway with ice, add tequila, grapefruit juice, juice from half of a lime. Stir in honey syrup. Fill to top with club soda and enjoy!
Wish you were sitting with me by the back porch right now chit chatting and sipping on one of these. You can make them as sweet as you want using the honey simple syrup, but here’s another secret … if you don’t want to fuss with making your own simple syrup squeezing honey right in the glass will work just fine too. I bet these would even be good if you used an actual grapefruit soda, like an Izze, and then you could skip sweetening them all together.
Have a favorite refreshing drink of your own? Tell us what it is, maybe we’ll try it next. I have a couple more fun drink recipes coming your way this month.
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