A couple of years ago, some friends turned us on to the Paloma Cocktail. It is a light drink with an edge of citrus. Not too sweet. Not too sour. See The Perfect Summer Drink if you’d like to read my original post on making one glass at a time.
This drink has become popular with many of our friends. It’s tasty, so you look forward to it. A good size to hold onto for awhile. And the alcohol content is low enough to (hopefully!) allow you to stay within the boundaries of good decisions.
One evening last summer, we were invited to a White Party and asked to bring a batch of our favorite party cocktail.
Have you ever been to a White Party? It’s pretty simple. Everything is predominantly white, from clothing and decorations to food. It’s just one of those goofy things that takes a small bit of imagination and turns out to be a lot of fun.
This pale-colored cocktail fit right in.
The challenge was pre-mixing a jug of chilly goodness without losing it’s refreshing sparkle. Here’s how we pulled off a large enough batch for 10 … or so!
Paloma Cocktail, Party-Size!
12 6-ounce servings (not including ice)
18 4-oounce servings (not including ice)
What you’ll need …
3/4 cup silver tequila
6 11.15-oz can grapefruit beverage (we like San Pellegrino Pompelmo)
4 to 6 limes, cut into quarters
Optional: Extra lime wedges to garnish
Optional: Fresh mint sprigs to garnish
You’ll also need …
3 quart container – (we re-purposed a 101.4 fl oz water container)
Funnel (I really like the versatility of this one!)
Ice for serving
How to pull it together …
• Using a funnel, carefully pour tequila and grapefruit beverage into large, clean container.
• Drop in the lime wedges, squeezing them into the beverage as you put them in.
• Cap and chill in the refrigerator.
To Serve …
• When ready to serve, very gently tip the bottle back and forth once or twice to mix.
• Fill a glass about 2/3 of the way with ice.
• Pour mixed beverage to about 1 inch below the rim of the glass.
• Optional: Garnish with more lime and salt, if desired (I don’t)
• Optional: Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint from the garden
If you would like to offer something nice with no alcohol … this Cocktail can easily become a Mocktail! Just substitute plain seltzer for the tequila.
Versatile and refreshing! You can’t beat that 🙂
And there you have it. The Paloma Cocktail, Party-sized! Quick, Easy and Delicious!
What’s your favorite party drink? Please share in the comments below. We like variety!