Blueberry Ginger Paloma

Palomas are one of my favorite cocktails, and I'm excited to introduce you to the paloma variation I make most frequently- blueberry ginger! This cocktail is one that can transcend seasons and has such fun, interesting flavors. It's tequila time!

If you're not familiar with the paloma, it's a tequila cocktail made with grapefruit juice. Being a huge grapefruit fan myself, I absolutely love the balance between sweet, tart, and bitter flavors in a paloma. Because grapefruit juice is sweeter than lime juice, this is also a cocktail that is often made without additional sweetener.

This Blueberry Ginger Paloma brings some additional flavors to the table as well. The tart grapefruit is complemented by sweet blueberries and spicy (and bubbly!) ginger beer, yielding the most wonderful combination. The blueberries are summery, while ginger always makes me think of fall flavors, and of course citrus season is in the winter... all of which mean that this is a drink you can (and should!) make year-round.

One of the things I love most about this drink is its appearance. That color!! It's the most beautiful light purple. And as if this drink couldn't get any better, it's also interactive! If you garnish the top of the drink with frozen blueberries, they actually color the drink increasingly dark as they thaw, meaning that it starts off more pinkish (see the photo above) and ends up more purple (see the photo below). Delicious AND fun!

I can't tell you how many times I've served this drink to guests. In addition to being unique and festive, it's also easy to make. Mix up a big batch, keep it in the fridge, and just add the ice, ginger beer, and berries right before serving. I absolutely refuse to buy lime juice (it's gross and not even remotely close to fresh-squeezed), but store-bought grapefruit juice is much better and is a nice shortcut if you have a lot of drinks to make. This pink beauty can also be easily customized, for example by adding a bit of sweetness for tequila skeptics or by altering the ratios to fit individual tastes. It's even a great mocktail for DD's.

Doesn't this drink make you want to have a Mexican-themed happy hour party? It would be great with any light, bright Mexican-inspired fare like these Orange Jalapeno Brussel Sprouts, this Shishito Pepper Salad, or the very summery Sweet, Salty, and Spicy Watermelon Poblano Salad. Or, because of the ginger, it could go wintry with this Butternut Squash, Black Bean, and Wheatberry Chili, which also has a bit of ginger.

One final thought: other berries work beautifully here! I've done this drink very successfully with strawberries, although the color isn't quite as interesting. Blackberries are great too, and delicious with tequila. Raspberries would yield a sweeter, much deeper red drink. What is it about berries and ginger?? Clearly this means you should try them all... you know, for scientific purposes.

If you've never had a paloma before, you're in for a big treat! It's really a delightful cocktail, and adding in blueberries and ginger makes it even more wonderful. Cheers!

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Tequila and ginger is a match made in heaven! I use this same combination in my Ginger Margaritas, which are great for the winter months.

Thoughts About Ingredients
(These are just suggestions, since rogue is more fun than recipe)
  • Small handful of blueberries
  • 2-3 oz blanco tequila. I prefer blanco in palomas so that the tequila doesn't interfere with the color of the drink. They're perhaps even more delicious with an aged tequila, but the color won't be as bright.
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 3 oz unsweetened grapefruit juice
  • Optional dash of agave
  • Few oz ginger beer. You can do alcoholic or non, whichever you prefer, but I suggest one with big ginger flavor.
  • Additional fresh and/or frozen blueberries for garnish
Thoughts About Method
(These are just suggestions, be creative and make it yours)
  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the blueberries, tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit juice (and agave, if you want). Give the berries a good muddle so that they release their sweetness and beautiful color.
  2. Add ice and shake.
  3. Give it a taste- you can easily adjust it to be sweeter (add agave), more sour (add lime), or stronger (add tequila).
  4. Strain into a serving glass with a few large ice cubes.
  5. Top it off with a few ounces of ginger beer, to fill the glass.
  6. Garnish with some additional blueberries.


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