A lighter recipe for a paloma cocktail made with sparkling water and agave nectar. Perfect for New Years Eve or happy hours all winter long!
Happy (almost) new year and also – happy citrus season! If you were thinking “hmm… maybe margaritas for New Years Eve this year?” then you’ve come to the right place. Well almost.
I originally planned to make a version of my go-to pomegranate cocktail when these sweet ruby red grapefruits showed up in my Farmhouse box last week. They were a lovely surprise because, well, I’ve been over-doing it on the pomegranates lately, and I was so excited by the idea of a pink drink instead. While Jack is not a fan of grapefruit in general, he loves a paloma cocktail – essentially a grapefruit margarita.
This is a slightly lighter take on the traditional paloma recipe – I use agave nectar instead of simple syrup, and I add a few splashes of sparkling water to make these bright and bubbly. I also add sprigs of thyme for a festive wintery look.
We usually drink this paloma cocktail in the summertime, but citrus is at its best right now around here so we broke out the tequila, limes, and tortilla chips anyway!
Sparkling Paloma Cocktail
- ¾ cup fresh grapefruit juice, plus extra wedges for garnish
- 3 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar
- ¾ cup tequila
- ¾ cup sparkling water, (I like Topo Chico)
- 6 sprigs fresh thyme
- Stir together the grapefruit juice, lime juice, agave nectar, tequila, and sparkling water. Adjust sweetness and tartness to your liking.
- Pour into glasses filled with ice. Garnish with grapefruit wedges and thyme sprigs.