It’s a little sweet, kinda tart, a smidge herby, and everything you need for a refreshing tequila cocktail. Grapefruit Thyme Paloma is a people pleaser and perfect to go with lighter brunch fare or to kick off festive celebrations!
And I mean, c’mon, it’s pretty too.
What is a Paloma?
The simplest paloma is two ingredients. Tequila and grapefruit soda.
We’re going to keep this simple, but just step it up a smidge. No whips, no shaking, just a little simple syrup making. (Yes, that rhyme was 100% on purpose.)
How to Make Thyme Simple Syrup
Have you tried adding fresh herbs to your cocktails? If not, you definitely should. This Grapefruit Thyme Paloma is a great place to start. Or check out this lemon and thyme gin cocktail for another light and fresh sip.
To bring a little sweet and that tasty thyme flavor to our cocktail, we need to make a quick simple syrup. The name of this ingredient is fitting because it really is simple to make.
In a small pan, combine sugar, water and fresh thyme. Bring to a boil then simmer for 5 minutes. Then just strain before using it. That’s it.
Other deets to know about making this paloma:
Since we’re not using grapefruit soda, you’ll want to top your drink with a splash of club soda. How much is up to you but, I’d recommend 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce so it’s a nice fizz without watering down the drink.
No shaking needed! Just two glasses. Combine all the tequila, simple, and grapefruit in a glass and fill with ice, ‘roll’ the drink, then top with the soda and lime. Rolling just means pouring it from one glass to another and back. No shaking, just a quick mix of ingredients.
Use fresh grapefruit juice if possible. The Natalie’s brand is what most restaurants and bars use and they’ve just started selling them in the grocery stores around here. It’s all the goodness of hand squeezed without the work. If you can’t find fresh, then go for the ruby red grapefruit
The sweet and herb thyme simple combined with the tart grapefruit and silver tequila is about to be a delicious, brunch-perfect, party in ya mouth.
Hi, I'm Lauren and this is my slice of the internet to share seasonally inspired recipes. I live in the heart of New England with my husband Henry, our two kiddos, English bulldog and our two local restaurants. Life is busy AND delicious!