I was bound and determined to come up with a recipe featuring meyer lemons I found at the grocery store. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever knowingly purchased some before. So while I was in the produce section, I looked over and saw some grapefruits and Voila! A paloma cocktail immediately came to mind.
I first had a paloma when we visited Montreal this fall and I was like “I need to have more of these!” So good!
I loooove myself a good margarita. Lime. On the rocks. With salt. Always. They are definitely one of my favorite vacation drinks. A paloma is basically a margarita but made with grapefruit flavors.
We already perfected our margarita recipe this summer, so I am pretty excited about this one to add to our cocktail recipe box!
And good news!! As long as you are getting tequila made from 100% pure agave then it is naturally gluten-free. Most of the big brands like Jose Cuervo, Patron, Don Julio, etc. are safe to drink (PSA – always drink in moderation and find a safe ride home!).
OK, back to the lemons. Meyer lemons are basically a little sweeter version of a regular lemon, kind of like a mixture of lemons and oranges. Still very tart though.
They are in season during the winter months so this is a perfect time to use them. Typically palomas call for a little squeeze of lime juice, so adding in the meyer lemon juice instead really helps balance out the sourness of the grapefruit juice.
One tip that I have for juicing the grapefruit is to put a fine mesh strainer over a bowl, cut the grapefruit in half, and loosen up the flesh with a fork. Then squeeze the grapefruit over the strainer to help keep the pulp and seeds out. You can do the same thing with the lemons, but I have a handheld lemon/lime juicer that we use that works amazing for smaller citrus.
Meyer Lemon Paloma Cocktail
- 2 Grapefruits
- 1 Meyer lemon
- 2 Tablespoons Simple syrup - Directions below
- 4 Ounces Sparkling Water
- 3-4 Ounces Tequila - Depending on your preference level
- Kosher Salt - For rim (optional)
- First, make simple syrup which is equal parts sugar to water. Heat 1/2 cup water and ½ cup granulated sugar in a saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Let cool before adding to drink mixture. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator.
- Juice the grapefruit and lemon. Add in tequila, simple syrup, and sparkling water.
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Serve over ice.
Hmmm, I’ll have to think up some good desserts now using meyer lemons! Bread, bars, cookies!! Lots of tasty things to make!
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