Lemongrass Paloma

The Paloma is like the margarita’s classy older sister. You can tell they’re related (they’re both tequila-based), but the Paloma has grapefruit juice in addition to lime juice, plus club soda for sparkle. This version is sweetened with a lemongrass simple syrup. Make it by boiling light agave nectar and a bruised piece of lemongrass. Use the bottom, less woody piece of the lemongrass talk, and bruise it with the back of a chef’s knife. The syrup will keep for up to a month in the refrigerator in an airtight container. You can also make the entire drink ahead of time and stir the seltzer in just before serving.

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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 432.19 calories
    • Fat 0.11 g
    • Sat Fat 0.02 g
    • Cholesterol 0 mg
    • Sodium 2.37 mg
    • Protein 0.59 g
    • Carbohydrate 59.15 g
    • Sugar 48.51 g
    • Fiber 0.12 g
The Paloma is like the margarita’s classy older sister. You can tell they’re related (they’re both tequila-based), but the Paloma has grapefruit juice in addition to lime juice, plus club soda for sparkle. This version is sweetened with a lemongrass simple syrup. Make it by boiling light agave nectar and a bruised piece of lemongrass. Use the bottom, less woody piece of the lemongrass talk, and bruise it with the back of a chef’s knife. The syrup will keep for up to a month in the refrigerator in an airtight container. You can also make the entire drink ahead of time and stir the seltzer in just before serving.

Ingredients

  1. Check ¾ cup light agave nectar
  2. Check 4 (3-inch) lemongrass pieces, bruised
  3. Check cups (12 oz.) silver tequila
  4. Check cups fresh grapefruit juice (from 4 grapefruit)
  5. Check ½ cup fresh lime juice (from 4 limes)
  6. Check ½ cup club soda or seltzer
  7. Check Lime wedges, for serving

Directions

  1. Bring agave nectar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high. Add lemongrass, and remove pan from heat. Cover and let stand at room temperature 8 hours or overnight. Remove lemongrass, and discard.
  2. Stir together lemongrass syrup, tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and seltzer until blended. Serve over ice in salt-rimmed glasses with lime wedges.