I wish I was one of those people who didn't need alcohol. Didn't crave a glass of wine or a cocktail after a long day. Didn't thoroughly enjoy wine/beer/bourbon tastings. But, alas, I do. I'm not saying I have a problem, this isn't a cry for help, simply a statement that maybe, alcohol is my precious. Between working full time (with an often sixth day), trying to stay on top grad school (all three classes this semester), and trying to have somewhat of a social life, I need a little booze. To unwind, to relax, and most importantly to enjoy.
Finally, after years of pinning recipes here, here, and here for palomas, tequila maybe my new bourbon. I love grapefruit juice in things like kombucha, my bath, my face wipes, soda, and now in my cocktails. This one is so light and refreshing I could drink it all day. Winter is citrus season, so my suggestion to you is to buy all the grapefruit, all the tequila, all the limes, and make yourself pitchers of palomas. You'll be very happy, I promise. PS - I drank this at a social gathering with four others, not by myself. See, no problem!
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
Yield - 4-8 servings
1/2 cup grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed
1/4 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed
1 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
2 1/2 cups silver tequila
1 1/4 cup grapefruit-lime syrup
lime flavored seltzer
grapefruit slices for garnish
sugar + chipotle chili powder
Grapefruit-lime syrup - Squeeze juice for the syrup and cocktails. About 6 grapefruits and 10 limes.
Add 1/2 cup grapefruit juice, 1/4 cup lime juice, water, and sugar to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then turn off the heat. Let cool completely.
Palomas - To a pitcher add 2 1/2 cups grapefruit juice, 1 cup lime juice, 2 1/2 cups tequila, 1 1/4 cup syrup and stir. This can be made ahead and refrigerated for later.
Serving - Mix up 1/2 cup of sugar plus a few sprinkles of chipotle chili powder on a plate. Pour some extra juice on a second plate.
Dip a glass in juice and then in the sugar/chili mix to rim the glass.
Add ice, palomas from the pitcher, lime seltzer, and a slice of grapefruit.