Winter blues got you down? Unwind with this sweet and refreshing Blood Orange Vanilla Bean Paloma that’ll have you dreaming of summer.
hand glass if you’re ready for warm weather cocktails! In the midst of all of this cold and rainy weather, i’m dreaming in daiquiris and piña coladas all day long. This Blood Orange Vanilla Bean Paloma is my way of dipping my toe in the spring/summer cocktail pool with the best that winter citrus has to offer.
If you’re not familiar, a paloma is a tequila-based cocktail, similar to a margarita. It’s most commonly prepared by mixing tequila with a grapefruit-flavored soda such as Fresca, Squirt, or Jarritos and served on the rocks with a salty rim. In this version, I went with blood orange instead of grapefruit since they’re in season and so beautiful! I also opted for a vanilla sugar rim as opposed to salt to give this a sweeter twist. Think of this cocktail as a grown up spiked creamsicle, if you will.
What’s your go-to winter cocktail? I love trying out new combinations!
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- ½ a vanilla bean, scraped of seeds
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 2 ounces tequila
- ½ ounces freshly squeezed blood orange juice
- 6 ounces blood orange soda such as San Pellegrino or Italian soda
- Ice, to serve
- Combine the chopped vanilla bean with the sugar on a small plate and, using your fingers, crush the mixture until well combined.
- Rub the cut blood orange along the rim of a highball glass. Then roll the rim into the vanilla sugar. Add in a few ice cubes, a pinch of the vanilla sugar, and then top with the tequila, blood orange juice, and soda and stir. Serve immediately.