Thirsty Thursday: Grapefruit Paloma
Low calorie, high in vitamin C, full of antioxidants and perfectly pink? What kind of girly gift from Mother Nature can this be?! (We weren’t particularly fond of that last “gift” she gave us…)
The tart and tangy grapefruit is a favorite of health buffs and dieters, and is now a part of this spectacular sip from Food + Drink: The Paloma Grapefruit Cocktail! Although technically the alcohol cancels out the health benefits, we won’t tell if you won’t!
Invite a couple friends over and whip this baby up at the bar. It’s an excuse to get a little tipsy with some friends, or even that boy you’ve had your eye on (tequila is known to work magic!). You know what they say “the more drinks, the merrier…” (Well maybe not, but they should!)
1/2 cup grapefruit-infused silver (blanco) tequila (directions below), preferably Partida (or Don Julio Blanco or El Mejor)
1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
3 tablespoons St. Germain elderflower liqueur
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
sanding sugar for rimming the glass (white sugar will also work)
grapefruit twists or lime wedges, for garnish
To Make the Grapefruit-Infused Tequila
1. Shave the zest from 2 grapefruits with a vegetable peeler.
2. Add the zest to a 750-mL bottle of silver tequila (pour off enough tequila to make room for the zest).
3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 days and up to 2 weeks.
4. Remove the zest after 2 weeks.
5. The tequila will keep indefinitely once the zest is removed.
To Mix the Cocktail
2. Swirl a slice of grapefruit over the rim of each glass, dip in crystals sugar
2. Put the tequila, grapefruit juice, St. Germain, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
3. Cover and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
4. Strain into 2 double old fashioned glasses filled with fresh ice, and top with a splash of club soda.
5. Garnish with a twist or a wedge of lime.
xx, The FabFitFun Team