It’s beginning to look a lot like… Cinco de Mayo! We are gearing up for our 2nd Annual Taquitos & Tequila pool party and I’m playing around with party menu ideas. And looking for every other excuse to whip up a new pool-side drink.
But I can’t decide which I dislike more to describe a drink lacking booze: Mocktail or Virgin. I guess if “virgin” makes me giggle, then that question probably answers itself, right?
So this is the Palauxma. It’s a faux Paloma.
The Palauxma is what a grapefruit margarita lover drinks on a school night. (Or when she’s out of tequila and running out for more would mean putting on real pants – and we all know that PJ pants are only acceptable in CVS after dark.)
(Sorry, Mom. That’s the ONLY reason there’s no tequila in this recipe.)
If you go to the right restaurant, the old waiter will light up briefly when you order it – because it’s just not a drink that people order – right before he goes all sadface on you to say that they don’t keep grapefruit soda behind the bar.
Instead of grapefruit soda, a simple – and much fresher – combo of grapefruit juice and club soda works even better. At home. Pants optional.
(And that 2-year old soda maker thingy collecting dust in the kitchen cabinet? Suddenly, its useful again.)
Fresh grapefruit and lime juices are the star of this school-night version of the Paloma.
- 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice (about 1 large)
- 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice (~2 limes)
- 4 drops liquid stevia (or simple syrup or your favorite sweetener, to taste)
- 3/4 cup club soda
- 2 small glasses of ice
- Lime or grapefruit wedges, for garnish
- Mix the grapefruit juice, lime juice, and the sweetener of your choice in a large glass or shaker.
- Divide club soda between two glasses of ice.
- Pour half of the grapefruit mixture into each of the glasses.
- Garnish with lime or grapefruit wedges, if using.
Yields: 2 servings
Estimated time: 10 minutes