An easy to make, refreshing twist on a traditional Paloma cocktail recipe with fresh grapefruit juice, lime, rosemary simple syrup, and tequila from The Mobile Mixer, a mobile cocktail & coffee lounge serving the Niagara Region.
It’s the middle of February and we’ve just been dumped on with 30 cm of snow – during a lockdown might I add. You know what’s getting me through? Dreaming of the warm summer nights sipping cocktails. Can you picture it?
Now there’s no reason you need to wait until summer to make yourself a Paloma. The gorgeous colour of this recipe alone is enough to brighten your day. Not to mention it’s super easy to make, incredibly refreshing and delicious!
I’m no mixologist so, like my motto goes, call in the experts. I partnered up with The Mobile Mixer, a premium cocktail & coffee lounge serving the Niagara Region out of a vintage 1966 Airstream. Do yourself a favour and go check out their website. In addition to dreaming about summer nights, going to an event hosted by The Mobile Mixer is up there.
If you love this Paloma recipe (which I know you will) check out The Mobile Mixer blog for others like a Classic Espresso Martini!
Paloma Cocktail Ingredients
Tequila – of course! Like a margarita, a Paloma is a tequila based cocktail. Amanda from The Mobile Mixer suggests Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado
Fresh Grapefruit Juice – I promise, it’s worth squeezing the grapefruits!
Lime Juice – I used Santa Cruz organic lime juice but you can also squeeze away and use fresh limes
Salt – to rim the glasses
Ice – serve your Paloma on the rocks!
Rosemary Simple Syrup – it’s SO easy to make and is such a refreshing and aromatic addition to the traditional Paloma cocktail. You’ll need fresh springs of rosemary, granulated sugar, and water.
How to make rosemary simple syrup
Combine equal parts sugar and water in a sauce pan. I used 1/2 cup of each but you can use more if you’re making a larger amount of cocktails.
Bring the water to a boil and stir to help the sugar dissolve. Once dissolved, reduce the heat to low and add your fresh springs of rosemary. Let the rosemary steep in the simple syrup.
How to Make the Cocktail
While your rosemary simple syrup is steeping, cut your grapefruit in half and squeeze the juice into a measuring cup. You can use store bought grapefruit juice as well.
Using a wedge of lime, rub the rim of the glass. Amanda chose a highball glass for this cocktail. Fill a shallow dish with salt. Dip the lime rimmed glass in the salt.
Add ice, tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and rosemary simple syrup to your glass. Top with grapefruit Italian soda.
Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and a spring of rosemary.
ENJOY! Sip slowly and savour it.
Find the full recipe including measurements below
- 2 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice (or store bought)
- 0.5 oz Rosemary Simple Syrup (recipe below)
- 0.5 oz Lime Juice
- 2 oz Tequila
- Grapefruit Italian Soda
- Fresh Rosemary
- Granulated Sugar
- Make the Rosemary Simple Syrup* - combine equal parts water and granulated sugar in a sauce pan. Once sugar has dissolved, reduce heat to low and add springs of fresh rosemary. Let steep.
- Rub a lime around the rim of a highball glass. Add salt to a shallow dish and dip the lime rimmed glass in the salt.
- Add ice, tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and rosemary simple syrup to your glass.
- Top with grapefruit Italian soda.
- Garnish with grapefruit wedge and rosemary spring.
This recipe for Rosemary Simple Syrup calls for 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and 1/2 cup of water with 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary. You can maintain the portions and increase or decrease depending on how many cocktails you are making. Store remaining syrup in a glass jar with a lid.