In preparation for Cinco de Mayo this week, I wanted to share two of my favorite non-margarita tequila cocktails with you! As you read on, you can obviously tell that I love a Paloma, but these are two different flavors and ways to make them. The first one is super easy and quick. The second is also very easy but has a few extra ingredients and is just as delicious!
Fresh Grapefruit Paloma
This one is my absolute favorite summer cocktail! We started making these two years ago and since I was pregnant and obviously not drinking them last summer, I’m looking forward to bringing them back this year.
- 2 oz. Tequila Blanco (we use Casa Noble)
- 3 oz. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice (if you don’t have a juicer or just don’t want to make it, the Simply Grapefruit juice works well)
- 1 Tbsp. agave nectar
- Pinch sea salt
- 1 oz. chilled club soda
Fill glass with ice. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add tequila, grapefruit juice, agave and sea salt. Shake well. Strain into glass, stir in the club soda and garnish with a grapefruit wedge. Original Recipe Here
Strawberry Chamomile Paloma
We just recently tried this one for the first time and loved it! It’s light and a little sweeter than the recipe above. Making the syrup is sort of the extra “in advance” thing you need to do, but if you do it one time, you’ll have some left over for future cocktails!
Ingredients: Honey Chamomile Syrup
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1-2 chamomile tea bags
Combine water and honey in a small saucepan and bring to a low boil, simmer 1 minute and remove from the heat. Add the tea bag, cover and steep for 5-10 minutes. Remove the tea bag and allow the syrup to cool completely. Store in the fridge.
Ingredients: For the Drinks
- 3 ounces fresh grapefruit juice (about half of 1 grapefruit
- 2-4 tablespoons chamomile honey syrup (depending on your taste)
- 2 ounces tequila (omit to make a virgin version)
- 4 fresh strawberries, sliced
- Chilled club soda, for topping off
- Crushed ice
Add the grapefruit juice, chamomile syrup, tequila and strawberries to a glass. Use a muddler (or even the end of a rolling pin), gently push the strawberries down until they release their juices and are lightly smashed. Add a handful of ice and then add sparkling water to top off. Give the drink a gentle stir. Taste and add more chamomile syrup if desired. Garnish with fresh chamomile flowers and strawberries if desired. Original recipe here.