The much-loved tequila drink, The Paloma, takes on a new taste in the Gin Paloma. That’s the beauty of cocktails – you can tweak, substitute, and experiment to your heart’s content.
This recipe is also light and fruity, which can easily be changed to your liking. Feel like you need to pucker up some more? Add grapefruit juice till you can’t take it anymore. Not enough hair of the dog? Time for more gin. Really LOVE some bubbles? More soda.
The Gin Paloma
- 1.5 Oz. Gin
- 1 Oz. Grapefruit juice Try ruby red?
- .5 Oz. Simple syrup
- Club soda or seltzer water to finish
- Sea salt For a lovely salted rim
- Grapefruit To garnish
- Salt the rim of your glass, use your garnish to rub on the rim so the salt sticks.
- In a shaker with ice, add your gin, grapefruit juice, and simple syrup.
- Shake it up.
- Add ice to your salted rocks glass, and pour in your gin and juice mixture.
- Top with soda or seltzer to finish.
- Garnish with a wedge of something – grapefruit if you have it, lemon or lime is just as tasty.
Pro Tips for making this salty, tart goodness:
Use fresh grapefruit juice. This creates the best flavor, and you can use any leftover chunks of grapefruit as a garnish.
If squeezing your own grapefruit juice seems like the silliest and messiest thing to do, use store-bought juice instead. You will probably want to add 1.5 or 2 Oz. as the taste is not as intense as fresh-squeezed.
Store-bought juice can also be a bit tarter than fresh-squeezed grapefruit, so adding some more simple syrup can help.
By now, you can’t even taste the gin, so add more.
And now you have so much drink that you may need to ditch your rocks glass for a Collins glass.
Let’s talk about the salted rim of your Paloma, the gin version.
You can use the first salt you have in your cabinet, or you can be deliberate about it.
Sea salt and kosher salt have that lovely chunky grain, adding texture and dimension to your finished cocktail. Sea salt packs a much saltier taste, so go for kosher if you don’t want so much salt.
Table salt should be left on the table, usually.
If you want to try another salty, grapefruity cocktail, the Salty Dog is for you.