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Hibiscus Paloma Cocktail

This hibiscus paloma is a refreshing cocktail recipe; the tart grapefruit and lime juices are well complemented by the sweet and floral hibiscus simple syrup. Break out that bottle of tequila and mix up a batch of these delicious drinks today!

Hibiscus paloma cocktail photo

Earlier this month, I made grapefruit hibiscus margaritas and I have about 10 gallons of hibiscus simple syrup and a pitcher of grapefruit juice leftover. Okay…. those amounts are grossly exaggerated.

But I did amass leftovers and I decided to turn them into my second favorite tequila based drink – the paloma.

There’s nothing like a good cocktail to take thoughts of snow and winter away.

all of the components of a hibiscus paloma

Hibiscus Paloma Cocktail

Since I had all of that leftover hibiscus syrup, I decided to substitute the paloma’s sugar with it.

And what a great decision that was.

The neighbors were hesitant to try these cocktails because they thought their bright color meant a super fruity and sweet drink. Not the case. Instead it is lightly floral and refreshing. I can see many hibiscus paloma summer days in my future.

pouring a hibiscus paloma

When I make cocktails, I always like to start with a good spirit. I really want to make a joke about being happy but when I say good spirit, I mean liquor.

There are several tequilas I like – some for sipping and some for making cocktails. For palomas, I usually use Don Julio or Patron. Use your favorite and you won’t regret it.

 

photo of a hibiscus paloma

picture of a hibiscus paloma

hibiscus paloma cocktail pinterest image

Hibiscus Paloma

Hibiscus Paloma

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This hibiscus paloma is a refreshing cocktail recipe; the tart grapefruit and lime juices are well complemented by the sweet and floral hibiscus simple syrup. Break out that bottle of tequila and mix up a batch of these delicious drinks today!

Ingredients

  • 1 grapefruit wedge
  • 2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Hibiscus Simple Syrup
  • 2 ounces white tequila
  • 1/4 cup club soda
  • kosher salt for garnish

Hibiscus Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat in a small pot. Turn off heat, add the hibiscus flowers and steep for 5 minutes. Strain out the hibiscus flowers. Return the pot to the stove and add the sugar. Heat on medium until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool before using.
  2. Pour kosher salt on a small plate. Rub the rim of a highball glass with a grapefruit or lime wedge and dip the rim of glass in salt. Combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, and hibiscus simple syrup in glass and stir to combine. Stir in tequila, add ice, and top off with club soda. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

Hibiscus Simple Syrup

  1. In a small pot, combine the water, honey and hibiscus flowers. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place a strainer over a bowl and pour the syrup into it to strain out the flowers. Shake the strainer a little bit to get all of the syrup out. Discard the flowers and allow the syrup to cool before using.

Notes

Traditionally, palomas are made with Squirt or other grapefruit flavored sodas. Because of the inclusion of homemade simple syrup, which is very sweet, we went with fresh juices and soda water to make sure the drink was not overly sweet.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1026Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 29mgFiber: 3gSugar: 227gProtein: 2g

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Monday 7th of March 2016

Well these caught my eye right away at Throwback Thursday - those colors! I can't wait for deck season! Thanks for sharing with us on Throwback Thursday & we're looking forward already to what you'll bring next week! :)

Mollie

Ashley

Monday 7th of March 2016

Thank you for linking up to the Tasty Tuesday linky. I have pinned your recipe to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board. I hope you'll join us again this week.

Karly

Sunday 6th of March 2016

I would love one of these! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

DazzleWhileFrazzled

Thursday 3rd of March 2016

I'll be anxious to try this, since I love grapefruit and any cocktail with lime! Visiting from The Handmade Hangout.

LydiaF

Friday 26th of February 2016

I drink hibiscus (or sorrel) tea throughout the summer. I don't add any sweetener to it and love the color and flavor...don't like it as a hot tea at ALL! Anyway...long story short...I could totally see hibiscus used as a mixer :)