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It’s starting to heat up here in Fresno, what was a 65º Tuesday is now an 85º Tuesday with the sun blasting turned up to high. Whenever the weather heats up I always find myself reaching for the most refreshing of drink flavors. Drinks that take lots of ice, that make me feel like I’m sitting on a beach somewhere.
That’s where this paloma comes into play. The classic paloma is a mix of grapefruit soda, tequila, and lime. I love a good paloma, they’re easy to throw together and I usually have all the ingredients on hand. The twist with this one is the passion fruit juice. This ceres brand can be hard to find at most grocery stores but Sprouts always has it and the flavor is everything you love about passionfruit, minus the high price tag it usually takes to get this much juice.
The classic paloma usually also uses a cheaper variety of grapefruit soda, but whenever I’m going to make it I make sure to grab an Italian grapefruit soda. The flavor usually aligns more with a fresh grapefruit and makes it that much more refreshing. The Sprouts Organic brand is a great option to keep in your pantry.
And last but not least: the Garnish. Sprouts has great looking produce (these grapefruits!) and it’s always in stock. Grabbing a grapefruit with a bag of key limes is a great way to finish off the drinks.
Passion Fruit Palomas
4 oz. Very Cold* Sprouts Organic Grapefruit Italian Soda
2 oz. Passion Fruit Juice.
1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 1/2 oz. Very Cold Tequila, if using
Salt, optional for the rim
If using salt on the rim of the glass, run a lime around the edge and dip it into a small bowl with a thin layer of salt. Lift the glass above the bowl and give it a light tap to get rid of any excess salt that could fall off and make a mess later.
To make the drink, I like to just measure out the grapefruit soda and passionfruit juice in a measuring cup together then use a jigger to add the tequila and lime juice. Stir to combine then pour over a glass full of ice.
*Very cold is important for a lot of cocktails, but anything sparkling is going to have a lot more sparkle if it’s cold. The tequila? It just tastes better cold.