I have been on a cocktail making spree lately! There is just something so fun about using seasonal produce, fun new flavors, and flavored sugar to create the absolute perfect cocktail for any occasion. I just know you are going to love this twist on the classic Paloma and can’t wait for you to try a Grapefruit Rose Paloma Cocktail!
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More Grapefruit Recipes Coming To The Blog!
Lately, I’ve been getting tons of requests from more GRAPEFRUIT content. It has been quite surprising to me as I made my first grapefruit recipe on a whim. In fact, my Vegan Grapefruit Olive Oil Cake is one of my most popular recipes on the blog month after month.
While I’ve been planning some other vegan grapefruit treats, what I really wanted to do this week was create a cocktail using this delicious fruit. I love how Grapefruit pairs with tequila for a light and refreshing drink. I decided to spice up this cocktail that is traditionally served with lime on the rocks with some rosewater for a floral twist!
What is Rose Water?
Well, simply put, rose water is rose petals that have been steeped in water to release their flavor and water. Surprisingly, steeping the rose petals in hot water actually gives off a really potent flavor. This which means I didn’t have to use much rosewater (only 1 tsp for 4 cocktails) to really let the flavor shine through.
Rose water is traditionally used in many middle eastern cuisines. The first time I ever tried rose water was when I studied abroad in Cyprus during a college summer. I truly wish I could find pictures from the trip I took over 8 years ago because the memories I have of the open-air markets along the beach were truly special. I was constantly mesmerized by the rows of sugared dried fruits, halva, soutzoukos, and infinite colors of Turkish delights rolled in powdered sugar.
If you don’t know much about Cyprus, it is a country divided into a “Turkish side” and a “Greek Side”. Though I spent most of my time there on the Greek side exploring Nicosia, Limmasol, Pafos, and Larnaca, there was still a really strong Turkish food presence on the Greek side. Strolling the markets and tasting flavors like rosewater is one of my fondest memories from studying in Cyprus. If you’ve never tried rosewater before it pairs beautifully with citrus, pistachios, and spices like cardamom and saffron. You can use it in cocktails such as this recipe, but it also adds a great flavor to candy or baked goods.
What You Need to Make a Grapefruit Rose Paloma:
Luckily, making this cocktail is SUPER easy! It only contains 6 ingredients and the supplies you need are minimal as well.
- Grapefruits- I mean, of course!
- Rose Water. Nielsen- Massey is my favorite brand and a whole bottle seriously lasts forever. However, if you don’t have access to this you can easily make your own rose water at home.
- Organic Sugar. The sugar is used to create a simple syrup when mixed with the grapefruit and rose water. YUM!
- That reminds me- you need a good saucepan to make the simple syrup in!
- Silver/White Tequila from your favorite brand.
- Grapefruit Soda. Any brand works, but Spindrift is my favorite!
- Dried Rose Petals. While these are optional, they make the drink SO fun! I like to sprinkle some rose petals on top as well as crush some rose petals with sugar for a sugar rim along my glasses.
- Last, but not least, glasses to show off your drink! I used the Marta Glasses from Cb2 which are a great price and perfect for any cocktail.
I also threw some dried grapefruit slices into my drink as a garnish. That being said, fresh grapefruit slices work just as well. Place them inside the glass or onto the rim for a gorgeous and fresh garnish.
I hope you enjoy this refreshing Grapefruit & Rose Paloma! Just in case you are looking for more fun cocktails you can make at home, check out the recipes below for even more bubbly fun. Cheers!
Why stop with one cocktail?
(I developed this recipe for Heilala Vanilla and I truly LOVE it!)5