The Paloma is a perfect example of a great cocktail that can be made without limes if you like. I love ordering Palomas when I go out because they provide some variety from the regular usually over sweetened Margarita. A traditional Paloma consists of tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda.
I really like to stray from tradition so I have cut the limes out and added fresh grapefruit juice, basil, and strawberries. The strawberries in this drink make it amazing! They add a slight sweetness while delighting the appetite with fresh fruit. The basil also adds a fresh component that really enhances the tequila. This drink could easily be made into a beautiful Paloma punch by muddling the ingredients in big batches and topping it off with squirt soda. Forget the limes go for the grapefruit and make this Strawberry Basil Paloma.
- 1.5 ounces of tequila
- ½ grapefruit, juiced
- 2 strawberries, chopped
- 5 basil leaves
- 1 cup ice
- 1 bottle of squirt soda
- 1 orange, juiced
Garnish: Basil, strawberries and salt rim
- Fill shaker with tequila, grapefruit juice, chopped strawberries, ice and basil leaves.
- Shake for 20 seconds
- Rim serving glass with salt (I used a clear mason jar)
- Pour mixture into serving glass and top off with squirt soda
- Garnish with basil and strawberries