If you’ve had your fill of margaritas and want to give something new a try, we recommend this crowd-pleasing Blood Orange Paloma cocktail recipe from The Cookie Rookie. It’s a vibrant twist on the traditional paloma, practically begging to be sipped outside in the sunshine.
The origins of the traditional paloma (meaning “dove”) are varied, but the cocktail is usually made with tequila, grapefruit juice or soda and lime. The Cookie Rookie uses fresh lime, grapefruit and plenty of blood orange juice to give this beverage a distinctly sweet flavor with a hint of raspberry. The blood orange not only intensifies the taste, but it also gives the cocktail that beautiful deep orange color.
These fresh citrus flavors pair perfectly with Exotico Reposado, balancing a mouthwatering acidic bite with the smooth flavors of vanilla, caramel and spices.
Topped off with blood orange soda and garnished with salted blood orange slices, this one’s sure to be a summer staple before long.
Before we get to the recipe, here are a few pro tips for making this Blood Orange Paloma Cocktail.
- Stir the ingredients together – don’t be tempted to shake it!
- Pour the cocktail over large ice cubes – they will melt slowly and not dilute the drink.
- Be sure to dip the orange slices in salt – it will really bring the drink together.
- Serve the cocktail immediately.
- 3 oz. Exotico Tequila (I like the Reposado Tequila for this recipe)
- ½ c. Fresh Blood Orange Juice (2 Blood Oranges)
- 2 Tbsp. Fresh Lime Juice (1 Lime)
- 1 c. Grapefruit Juice
- 11 oz. Blood Orange Soda (1 Can)
- Blood Orange Slices and Coarse Sea Salt for Garnish
Fill 2 large glasses with ice.
In a separate large glass or pitcher stir together all of the ingredients.
Pour the palomas over the ice in the glasses.
Pour coarse sea salt over a small plate.
Slice a blood orange into thin slices and dip one side into the sea salt.
Garnish the palomas with a salted blood orange slice.
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