Grapefruit & Chamomile Paloma – Primary Petals
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Grapefruit & Chamomile Paloma

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Grapefruit & Chamomile Paloma

Inspired by Cassie Winlow’s book, Floral Libations

The history of the Paloma is unknown but is actually more popular south of the border than the very popular margarita. This simple and refreshing cocktail is constructed with tequila, fresh lime juice and grapefruit soda. It is important to note that in Mexico, cane sugar is used to sweeten soda compared to the high fructose corn syrup used in the states. If available I highly recommend using a Mexican grapefruit soda when making a traditional Paloma.


For our twist on the Paloma cocktail, we used fresh grapefruit juice, a homemade orange chamomile simple syrup, soda water and my personal preference of silver tequila. We hope you enjoy!


1.5 oz Silver Tequila

1 oz Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

1/4 oz Orange and Chamomile Simple Syrup

1 oz of soda water

Salt for the rim

Grapefruit wedge and fresh chamomile for garnish

Cubed Ice

Chamomile ice cubes



Prepare Ice Cubes:

1. Create chamomile ice cubes by half-filling an ice cube tray with water.

2. Place in the freezer until semi-frozen.

3. Remove the ice tray from the freezer and place a flower or 2 on the ½ filled cubes. 

4. Fill with water and return to the freezer.


Make Cocktail

1. Rim your rocks glass with salt, by running the flesh side of a grapefruit wedge along the glass and then roll in salt.

2. Place chamomile ice cubes into the glass.

3. Add Tequila, Grapefruit juice, Orange Chamomile simple syrup and ice to a mixing glass.

4. Mix with a stirring spoon until mixing glass is chilled. 

5. Strain into prepared rocks glass.

6. Garnish with grapefruit wedge and flowers. 



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