Brunch Cocktails- Arándano Paloma (Cranberry Pomelo Paloma)

December 20, 2015

Winters bounty may not be as fruitful as those of spring and summer, but what it does it does right! Squash pomegranates, blood oranges, cranberries, and pomelos to name a few. I took two, cranberries (because right now it’s all cranberry errythang) along with pomelos, and made them into a drink to sip on alongside my favorite brunch dish chilaquiles.

Cranberry Pomelo Paloma // Craftancocktails.coCranberry Pomelo Palmoa // Craftandcocktails.coIf you have never had a pomelo before, they are similar to grapefruit, but with a very thick green skin. They are actually the parents of grapefruits. An orange and a pomelo got together one day, bow chicka wow wow, and out came the grapefruit, or something like that! They have a bit more vitamin c than grapefruits, but their juice tastes and looks similar.

Cranberry Pomelo Paloma // Craftancocktails.coSince chilaquiles are a Mexican staple, I figured I’d make a tequila drink, a natural pairing. My first thought of what to make was a Paloma. Paloma’s are actually consumed more in Mexico than margaritas, believe it or not. For good reason: tart grapefruit juice and/or soda is used in place of lime juice which makes it easier to make and slightly sweeter, perfect for a scorching hot day.

Cranberry Pomelo Palmoa 4Cranberry Pomelo Palmoa // Craftandcocktails.coI created a cranberry syrup to mix with soda water to make the soda base, paired with fresh squeezed pomelo juice, tequila blanco, and of course a salted rim. I don’t think the salted rim is traditional, but I love the way the saltiness melds with agave spirits and controls the sweetness from the soda and juice!

Cranberry Pomelo Paloma // Cranberry Pomelo Palmoa // Craftandcocktails.coArándano Paloma (Cranberry Pomelo Paloma)

serves 1

  • 2 oz tequila blanco (I used Espolon blanco, c/o Campari America)
  • 3 oz soda water
  • 1 1/4 oz cranberry syrup (recipe here)
  • 1 pomelo juice (or 3/4 oz grapefruit juice)
  • squeeze of lime juice
  • Fresh cranberries & pomelo slice, garnish
  • Salt

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Make the cranberry syrup. Add salt to a plate. Run wedge of pomelo around the rim of a glass. Turn the glass upside down and twist in the salt to coat. Place cranberry syrup to a separate glass, add soda water and store to combine. In the salted glass, add pomelo juice, lime juice and tequila and stir. Top with cranberry soda. Garnish with cranberry skewer and pomelo slice.
Cranberry Pomelo Palmoa //

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  • Reply Robin | CaliGirl Cooking December 21, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Yay! I think I’m going to have to whip some of these up this week! Yum yum.

    • Reply Ashley Rose December 23, 2015 at 6:50 am

      Awesome! I hope you enjoy 🙂

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  • Reply angela newman December 23, 2018 at 8:39 am

    I love your recipes, but I am not an experienced drink maker. I am confused by how many servings some of your recipes make if not noted. How many people does this recipe serve? Is there a way for me to figure it out, like if it’s two oz. of liquour, it makes two servings?

    Thanks for any help!

    • Reply Ashley Rose January 15, 2019 at 11:45 am

      Hi Angela,

      Each recipe is 1 serving unless otherwise stated but I will add the serving details now! This particular one contains 2 oz of spirit per drink.

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