Welcome to another installment in my series where I share the recipes for my favorite beverages using only three ingredients! As a refresher from the last installment (which you can read here), there are two things that don’t get counted in the number of ingredients, you may eve be able to guess them. They are water and ice. Moving onto today’s recipe. Today I’m sharing my recipe for a Paloma. I first discovered this drink last summer when I was trying to use up some tequila and had half a grapefruit left in the fridge (seriously). Get your glass and some ice ready – it’s time for the recipe.
As you can see, the only “fancy” ingredient out of this whole bunch is the grapefruit. Tuck decided to splurge on Don Julio tequila (which I had never tried before) as a treat for us since you know… graduation and life and stuff. If you’ve never had Don Julio, it’s smoother than Patron and Jose Cuervo if you ask me. For this recipe and all other recipes, the brand name doesn’t matter, use the booze you have on hand. The most important part is that it’s the correct type of booze.
Also, my understanding of a Paloma is that you should only use pink grapefruits. If you have a non-pink grapefruit at home, use that. In the end, it’s about your taste preferences – pink grapefruits tend to be a bit sweeter.
At the end of this recipe, I will be sharing other ways you can simplify and switch up this classic Paloma recipe to better suit your tastes. In the process, you can knock off an ingredient and have a customized beverage.
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I like to drink Palomas out of high-ball glasses because I think it’s more fun. It rarely matters what kind of glass you use for your drink (unless you want to feel extra fancy). Since you make Palomas directly in the glass you will be drinking from, rather than a shaker, I like to load up a tall glass with ice to feel like I’m getting maximum beverage.
1 1/2 ounces of silver tequila
Juice of half a grapefruit
- Fill a high ball glass with ice and add tequila to the glass.
- Juice half of a grapefruit into a separate bowl and use a fork to pick out any seeds. Add seedless grapefruit juice to your glass.
- Fill the glass the rest of the way up with tonic water.
- Stir, insert straw and enjoy!
**Note** Like mentioned earlier, I promised to share some ways you can simplify and customize an already very simple Paloma. Here are two ways you can do that:
- For a more tart, grapefruit flavor: instead of grapefruit juice and tonic water, add grapefruit soda.
- For a sweeter take on the Paloma (Tuck’s favorite): Swap out tonic water for your favorite light-colored pop (Sierra Mist or Sprite)
What’s your current favorite drink?