This Honey Broiled Grapefruit Paloma is a fun twist on the classic Mexican cocktail with tequila broiled grapefruit and honey simple syrup!
Are you loving all of the bright citrus right now? I sure am! I am always amazed at the beautiful creations that all of the food bloggers and recipe creators out there come up with to show off gorgeous grapefruits, blood oranges, tangerines and more this time of year. Citrus is just so darn photogenic and I love it. (It makes my life much easier!)
But sometimes I get carried away with all of the beautiful citrus fruit at the store and come home with a 10 pound bag of grapefruit and then I have to figure out what to do with all of them. (What?… They were on sale!) One of my favorite ways to use grapefruit is in a paloma. And since it is still February (not that you could tell here in Texas), I decided to add a little bit of a wintery touch to this one with honey and broiled grapefruit.
If you’ve never had a paloma, you need to, asap. The paloma is the little sister of the Tex-Mex staple known as the margarita. Traditionally in Mexico it’s made with tequila, grapefruit flavored soda, and a squeeze of lime, but I usually make it with pure grapefruit juice and club soda instead. That’s how I prefer my paloma, and I will often order one when I feel like something different.
This honey broiled grapefruit paloma takes the simple and refreshing grapefruit cocktail to a new level by replacing simple syrup with a bold honey syrup while the broiled grapefruit adds a pretty touch that makes it perfect for sipping on a winter evening while you make your favorite cool weather comfort foods. Plus the pretty pink color will lift anyone’s spirits.
Oh. Right. It could also be the tequila. That might do the trick too.
Whether you’re looking to switch up your standard margarita or trying to use up a 10 pound bag of delicious Texas Ruby Red grapefruit, look no further. This honey broiled grapefruit paloma has your name written all over it. (And it’s much easier to juice a half of a grapefruit than 18 limes.) Cheers!
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Honey Broiled Grapefruit Paloma
A bright and refreshing twist on the classic Mexican cocktail, the Winter Paloma combines tequila, fresh grapefruit, honey and thyme for a delicious winter drink!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 2 drinks 1x
- Category: cocktails
- Method: broiled
- Cuisine: Mexican
- 2 1/2-inch thick grapefruit slices
- honey, for broiling
- 1 oz honey simple syrup (see directions)
- 4 oz silver tequila
- 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
- 3 oz club soda
- sparkling sugar for rim (optional)
To prepare honey simple syrup:
- Combine 1/4 cup honey and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat and stir until honey is melted and mixed into water. Remove from heat and cool. You can store it in the refrigerator up to one week in a covered container.
For broiled grapefruit:
- Place grapefruit slices on a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat (optional). Drizzle grapefruit lightly with honey.
- Place under broiler for 3-5 minutes or until tops are crystalized.
To prepare Paloma:
- Wet the rim of 2 glasses and dip in sparkling sugar (optional). Fill glasses with ice.
- In a shaker, combine honey syrup, tequila, and grapefruit juice over ice. Shake well and strain into the 2 glasses.
- Top each with club soda and stir. Garnish with broiled grapefruit slices.
Keywords: grapefruit cocktail, honey grapefruit cocktail