One of my ambitions is to learn to make the classic cocktails and so I recently mixed up a Paloma – a  refreshing grapefruit and tequila cocktail – and invited a friend over to share!

Paloma Cocktail Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
Cheers to good friends and good drinks!

Traditional Paloma Recipe

I used my standard approach to cooking and cocktailing when I made the Paloma: whenever I make something new, I stick to the original recipe so I can get a “baseline” of what it is before experimenting with variations! (That might be the occupational therapist in me! Ooooo – can I be a Cocktail Therapist? Is that a thing? – er I think they call those bartenders.)

Paloma Cocktail Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
I started with fresh fruit – so inspiring with the sunbeam shining down on them!
Paloma Cocktail Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
Just look how gorgeous that grapefruit is!!
Paloma Cocktail Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice – easy to do!
Paloma Cocktail Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
Fresh grapefruit juice in my thrifted flamingo bowl – if only they were flamingo coloured!
Paloma Cocktail Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
Fresh grapefruit and lime juice go in the Paloma cocktail.
Paloma Cocktail Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
Use a lime wedge to moisten the rim of the glass!
Paloma Cocktail Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
Freshly salted glasses! This IS a tequila drink after all!
Paloma Cocktail Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
Stir everything together with a grapefruit spoon! Well, you can use any spoon you like! Grapefruit spoons can be hard to find so if you see them at the thrift store, snatch them up!
Paloma Cocktail Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
All done with a grapefruit wedge to garnish!
Paloma Cocktail Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
Such a pretty cocktail! Whenever fresh fruit juice is involved, I feel like it must be VERY healthy!
Paloma Cocktail Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
However, I must note that the fresh grapefruit juice has a milder, less concentrated taste compared to store bought grapefruit juice so I ended up adding a bit more simple syrup. You could adjust these as you are mixing it up!
Paloma Cocktail Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
Nonetheless, Mare and I enjoyed our Paloma cocktails and had a great visit – exactly what we both needed after a long, hot summer!

The Paloma cocktail is easy to make, fruity and refreshing! It is a welcome addition to my cocktail repertoire and next time I might experiment a little – blended, anyone???! Do YOU have any variations on the Paloma cocktail that you would recommend?!

xoxo Nicole

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Paloma Cocktail Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter

Paloma Cocktail Recipe by The Spirited Thrifter
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Paloma Cocktail

The traditional Paloma cocktail recipe is made with grapefruit juice, lime juice and tequila. It is light and refreshing, the perfect addition to your classic cocktail repertoire!

Course Drinks
Keyword Paloma, cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Author The Spirited Thrifter

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tbsp simple syrup
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup club soda
  • salt for rim of glass

Instructions

  1. Rub lime wedge along rim of two tall glasses then dip rims in salt. Fill glasses with ice.

  2. Combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, simple syrup and tequila in bowl or jug and mix together well. 

  3. Pour into two tall glasses with ice.

  4. Top each with club soda and give a quick stir.

  5. Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit.

  6. Sit on your deck with a friend and talk the night away!

2 Comments

  1. Pamela Istre Reply

    Another keeper Nicole. Thanks again for the recipe and didn’t know there were such things as grapefruit spoons. Never too old to learn.

    • Oh my darling hubby LOVES the grapefruit spoon! Saves you from the arduous task of using a knife to section the pieces. LOL!

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