Fresh grapefruit and ginger Paloma

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Fresh grapefruit and ginger palomaFresh grapefruit and ginger paloma

Oh, Summer. How temperamental our relationship is. When you are here, I dislike you and your sweaty ways. But when you are not, I long for days spent next to the pool, sipping on refreshing cocktails while sitting in the warm sun. I so long for that right now. As I sit here, sipping coffee, hoping for it to warm me up. Wrapped up in scarves and coats and woolly socks. And don’t get me wrong, Winter remains my favourite but there’s something so wonderful about Summer.

Fresh grapefruit and ginger paloma

I find that when the temperatures take a dip, I gravitate towards the foods and drinks I enjoy most in summer. It’s like my body rejects anything that isn’t screaming “SUMMER”, so naturally, I made a big pitcher of fresh grapefruit Palomas a few days ago and guzzled down the entire lot. The fact that I was sitting under a blanket with the heater blasting full force is besides the point.

Fresh ginger syrupFresh grapefruit

The wonderful thing about a Paloma is that it is genuinely one of the easiest cocktails to throw together. If you have grapefruit juice, tequila and soda water, you’re there. I wanted to amp mine up slightly by adding some fresh ginger and decided to infuse the simple syrup you would normally use to sweeten the drink a little with. This alongside the fresh, bitter grapefruit created a stunning drink which I would love even without the tequila. In fact, keeping a jug of the grapefruit/ginger mixture in your fridge to mix with soda water makes for the perfect variation of classic lemonade. And believe you me, this drink will be on high rotation in the Ryder household come summertime. Cheers!

Fresh grapefruit and ginger paloma


Fresh grapefruit and ginger Paloma
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Recipe type: Cocktail, Drinks
Serves: 1.5 litres
for the ginger syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 5cm piece fresh ginger, sliced
for the Paloma
  • 500ml fresh grapefruit juice
  • 100ml fresh lemon/lime juice
  • 100ml tequila (or more...)
  • 300-500ml soda water (to taste)
  • fresh lemon/lime slices
  • ice cubes
  1. To make the syrup, combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and allow to heat until the sugar has dissolved. Turn up the heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat then allow to cool completely.
  2. To make the paloma, combine the grapefruit juice and tequila in a jug then pour in some of the ginger syrup. Taste as you go to ensure it doesn't get too sweet. Top up with soda water, to taste, then serve in glasses with ice and lemon/lime slices.

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  • Ariel

    This looks so beautiful and SO delicious! Can’t wait to try this one out in this heat. I’m right there with you about drinks by the pool; sounds like the perfect day to me!

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks Ariel! Let me know what you think if you try it!

  • Reply

    I just swept up water in my basement because of all the rain we are having. I need like 10 of these.

    • Alida Ryder

      Hahaha Abbe! If I could, I would make you an entire pitcher!

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