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!
14 thoughts on “drink : grapefruit basil paloma”
Oh my word this looks so wonderfully yummy, perfect for a summer drink! Cannot wait to try this out myself.
Thanks Amanda! It is delicious, let me know if you try it!
This sounds awesome, glad to hear that it tastes just as well with vodka. I just cannot get into the taste of tequila for some reason.
I understand; it is so great with gin also. We have been drinking some variation of this a lot lately 🙂
madeline these sound absolutely fabulous!
i can just imagine how vibrant and fresh they are 🙂
thanks molly! the grapefruit and basil definitely feel so summery and fresh.
Oh yum! I love a cocktail with fresh grapefruit. Thanks for sharing.
aren’t they the best? thanks for stopping by natalye
Yum – that looks amazing!!
Oh wow! This looks amazing. I love st. germaine liqueur. I usually make a drink with it using cucumber and basil, so I can’t wait to switch it up with your recipe. Thanks for sharing!
thank you ashley!
i will have to try the cucumber and basil this weekend.
Okay yum! That looks delish! Have to try it!
you definitely need to! thanks giovanna!