to celebrate cinco de mayo, we made grapefruit basil paloma cocktails last night. they were so delicious that i wanted to share the recipe here with you! it’s a variation on the original paloma, “the dove.” it is a citrusy, fresh take on a gimlet or margarita and the tequila base makes it perfect for this holiday. i substituted the typical club soda for st. germaine liqueur to give the cocktail a floral tone and added my favorite summer herb, basil.
grapefruit basil paloma
1 part grapefuit juice
1 part blanco tequila
1 part st. germaine liqueur
squeeze of lime
muddled basil leaves
throw all off this in a shaker with ice, muddle basil and lime, and shake.
pour, garnish with basil, and enjoy!
this drink is equally as great with gin or vodka, so the liquor is interchangeable. let me know if you try this one.
enjoy and happy cinco de mayo!