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If you’re looking for an invigorating and refreshing beverage, then this Paloma mocktail might just be the ticket you’ve been looking for. With its pretty pink color and mouth puckering flavors it is the perfect choice for those looking for a bubbly sipper bursting with flavor. Whether you serve this up on a sunny day or just a day where you’re dreaming of sunshine, it’s a vibrant and perfect addition to any mocktail menu.
🍹 What is a Paloma Mocktail?
A Paloma mocktail is an easy to make non-alcoholic twist on a classic. This mocktail is a combination of grapefruit juice, lime juice, simple syrup and club soda. The resulting mocktail Is the perfect combination of sour citrus, refreshing fizz and a little hint of sweetness.
You might be familiar with the cocktail version of this drink which is typically made from tequila, lime juice and grapefruit soda. This mocktail version is very similar in flavor, but without the added alcohol.
Here are just a few of the reasons why you might want to mix this mocktail up:
- Refreshing. With its light and tangy citrus flavors this is a refreshing beverage. It’s the perfect mix of light fruit and bubbly fizz.
- Pretty in pink. This mocktail is a light pink color and is perfect for serving at themed occasions or just as an eye-catching centerpiece at your next event.
- Easy, fast and customizable. Not only is this drink only four ingredients. It’s super easy to make. All you have to do is throw everything in a glass and stir it together. Additionally, it’s exceedingly easy to customize this drink by changing out a few ingredients or adding some garnishes for flavor enhancements.
⭐ When to Make This Drink
That’s easy and refreshing mocktail is perfectly suited for a wide array of different events especially warm weather ones. If you’re looking for a few ideas of when to serve it, check the suggestions out:
- Picnics and barbecues
- Pool and beach days
- Afternoon sipping
This beverage is super delicious as is, however it’s also really easy to create some different flavor variations or have ingredient substitutions for this drink. Here are a few ideas you might consider:
- Use grapefruit soda. The traditional cocktail version of this drink uses grapefruit soda instead of club soda and grapefruit juice. You can certainly use grapefruit soda to make this mocktail. Do be aware that it will result in a slightly sweeter drink.
- Garnish it up. You can really use a wide variety of different garnishes for the strength and they can add a little layer of flavor. Some garnishes you might want to try include grapefruit wedges or wheels, lime wedges or slices, various different herbs such as rosemary or even some spicy ingredients like jalapeno slices.
- Rim your glass. You can run lime around the rim of the glass and then dip it into either sugar or salt. This can add a nice flavor complexity as you sip the drink.
- Use a flavored simple syrup. You can use a flavored simple syrup to this drink to give it a different flavor variation. You can go on the safe side and use a grapefruit, lemon or lime flavored simple syrup. Or, you can experiment with some different flavor profiles and use something a little more daring like a jalapeno simple syrup or even an herb infused simple syrup.
- 4 oz Grapefruit juice
- 2 oz Club soda
- .5 oz Lime juice
- .25 oz Simple syrup
Get started by collecting everything you need to make this mocktail. This should include lime juice, simple syrup, club soda, grapefruit juice, highball glass, ice, bar spoon and jigger.
Take the ice and use it to fill the highball glass up to the brim.
Pick up your grapefruit juice and measure out 4 oz. Then, pour that into the glass.
Pick up your lime juice and to measure out 0.5 oz. Then pour that into the glass.
Pick up your simple syrup and measure out 0.25 oz. Then, pour that into the glass.
Pick up your club soda and measure out 2 oz. Then pour that into glass.
Alternatively, you can skip measuring the club soda and simply pour it straight into the glass until the glass is filled to the top.
Finally, take your bar spoon and insert it into the glass. Use a spoon to mix your drink together well.
- Hawthorne strainer
- cocktail shaker
- highball glass
- bar spoon
- 4 oz Grapefruit Juice
- 2 oz Club Soda
- .5 oz Lime Juice
- .25 oz Simple Syrup
- Fill the highball glass up to the top with ice.
- Grab the grapefruit juice and measure 4 oz with the jigger. Then toss the grapefruit juice into the glass. *see notes for measurements in cups & tbs if you do not have a jigger to measure with
- Grab the lime juice and measure .5 oz with the jigger. Then toss the lime juice into the glass.*see notes for measurements in cups & tbs if you do not have a jigger to measure with
- Grab the simple syrup and measure .25 oz with the jigger. Then toss the simple syrup into the glass.*see notes for measurements in cups & tbs if you do not have a jigger to measure with
- Grab the club soda and measure 2 oz with the jigger. Then toss the club soda into the glass.Note: instead of measuring out club soda, you can just pour it into the glass and top the glass off with it.
- There are two easy ways to mix the drink up:1) Use a bar spoon: place it in the glass and stir well.2) Use a shaker: gently toss everything from the glass into the shaker. Then toss it all from the shaker back into the glass.
- Instead of building the drink in the glass, you can build it in a cocktail shaker instead. Put all ingredients, except for club soda in the shaker. Shake it well. Strain it into the glass, then top with club soda.
- ½ cup of grapefruit juice
- ¼ cup of club soda
- 1 tbs lime juice
- ½ tbs simple syrup