Frozen Paloma Cocktails
I officially proclaim these Frozen Paloma Cocktails the drink of summer! It has been very hot the last month and I expect the next month will be equally hot! These are one of the most refreshing drinks out there!
These cocktails are expanding on a longstanding tradition here on Macheesmo where I try to recreate things from restaurants that I’ve never actually been to. In this case, it’s the Frozen Palomas from Taco Diner in Dallas! A good friend of mine travels to Dallas frequently and always swings by Taco Diner.
Recently, we’ve been whipping up batches of these at home and he claims we are pretty close to the original so I thought I would share!
Good luck finding a more refreshing pitcher of drink than these Frozen Paloma Cocktails!
- Combine tequila, grapefruit, Squirt soda, and ice in a blender. Blend well until the drink is a single slushy consistency.
- For the salt rim, stir together salt, sugar, and chili powder.
- Run a lime slice or grapefruit slice around the rim of the glass to wet it and dip in the rim mixture.
- Pour in frozen paloma cocktail and enjoy!
To make grilled Grapefruit Wedge garnish (optional), preheat grill to high heat and make sure it’s clean. Slice grapefruit into 1/4-inch slice and dry it well with paper towels. Brush the grapefruit with a little oil and grill on one side for 3-4 minutes until nicely charred. Serve with frozen paloma cocktails!
How to Make Frozen Palomas
There are two touches to these cocktails that are optional, but a nice touch. The most optional, in my opinion, is the grapefruit garnish. I grilled the grapefruit until it was charred, but I’m not sure it adds much flavor to the drink. It just looks cool!
But the salt rim is actually important and while you can skip it, it’s pretty fast to make! Stir together some salt, sugar, and chili powder. BOOM.
For a paloma, you really only need three things: Tequila, grapefruit, and Squirt.
Squirt, if you’ve never had it, is grapefruit flavored soda and it is amazing in these drinks!
As an aside, a Squirt with a splash of real grapefruit juice in it is a great virgin cocktail as well.
Add the ingredients to a blender with ice. I would start with about 1 cup of ice but you might want a bit more if you want it more like a slushy. You can add more ice to get to the consistency that you like.
When the drink is mixed, pour it into your glass that has been rimmed with the chili mixture!
The finished drink is so perfect. You could definitely do worse than a big pitcher of these Frozen Paloma Cocktails to share with friends this summer.