Easy mocktail recipes are a fun option to have at the ready for your home bar. Paloma grapefruit mocktails are one of those recipes, mixing up quickly and easily to go alongside your homemade happy hour chips and salsa.
This non alcoholic version of a traditional Paloma cocktail doesn’t stray far from its classic counterpart. Fresh grapefruit juice and fresh lime juice are in both drinks, but this Paloma mocktail gets an additional infusion of grapefruit - along with its sweetness - from grapefruit infused simple syrup.
Whether you choose to rim your glass with coarse salt, or skip it, this delicious sparkling grapefruit mocktail is the perfect sip for your next Taco Tuesday.
What You Need
- A grapefruit
- A lime
- Grapefruit simple syrup (recipe below)
- Club soda
- Coarse salt (optional)
How to Make a Paloma Mocktail
Run a piece of grapefruit around the rim of a rocks glass and dip the rim in a shallow dish of coarse salt. Fill with ice and set aside.
Combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake well and pour into the prepared glass.
Top with club soda.
Garnish with a lime wedge, if desired. Stir and enjoy!
How to Make Grapefruit Simple Syrup
½ cup water
½ cup sugar
2 - 3 inch pieces of grapefruit peel
In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the water to a simmer. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
Remove from heat and add the 2 pieces of grapefruit peel. Let the peel infuse in the syrup until the syrup has reached room temperature.
Remove peels and refrigerate syrup until ready to use.
Tips on Paloma Grapefruit Mocktails
Fresh juice is the foundation of this recipe and will taste the best. You’ll want to squeeze a grapefruit and a lime for this mocktail. You’ll need about half of each - a grapefruit and a lime - for 1 mocktail.
Red grapefruit or pink grapefruit are the sweetest and will give the best flavor. White grapefruit will work too, but they tend to be more sour so you may need to add an additional 0.25 oz of grapefruit simple syrup to the drink. Just be sure to taste it in the shaker before you pour and adjust to your taste.
To make this Paloma Mocktail into a Paloma cocktail, add 1.5 oz of silver tequila or vodka to the cocktail shaker when mixing up this mocktail for a quick and easy cocktail.
You can use traditional simple syrup if that’s what you have on hand. It will decrease the grapefruit flavor of the drink, so you may want to use a grapefruit flavored sparkling water instead of club soda if you decide to go this route.