White Grapefruit Palomas Cocktail Recipe

Last weekend hubs and I took a mini vacay to Palm Springs and stayed at The Parker. If you’re not familiar with The Parker, it has these crazy secret garden-like gounds that have tons of citrus trees. The groundskeepers there let me pick a few grapefruits to take home, so naturally I made cocktails with them.

One of my favorite cocktails to make with grapefruits is the Paloma. Palomas are basically like margaritas made with grapefruits instead of limes or lemons. They’re made with tequila so they get your buzzed really quick and grapefruit tastes really refreshing with the right amount of bitterness. The recipe I use is easy to remember because it’s all pretty much equal parts.

White Grapefruit Paloma Recipe made with fresh grapefruit

Makes 2 cocktails

1/2 cup of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (1 large grapefruit)

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (1 standard lime)

2 teaspoons simple syrup or sugar

1/2 cup white tequila

1/2 cup club soda

Combine juices and sugar and mix well. Add tequila. Fill glass with ice and top with club soda. Serve with a wedge of lime or grapefruit and a salted glass rim.

Cheers!

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Pineapple Lime Tequila Cooler Cocktail Recipe

Summer doesn’t officially start for a couple more weeks, but it sure feels like it’s here already. As I write this I am sweaty and parched because it’s currently 85 degrees and there’s not a cloud in the sky. With weather like this it’s very important to stay hydrated. I secretly hate water so I made a tropical and refreshing alcoholic drink instead. It’s low calorie too (if you care about that sort of thing).

Pineapple Lime Tequila Cooler

Here’s how to you make this quick and easy summer cocktail.

(Makes 1 cocktail)
2 slices of pineapple
Juice of half a lime
2 ounces Patròn Silver
Lime flavored sparkling water, like La Croix

Muddle pineapple in a tall glass. Add lime juice and tequila and mix. Add crushed ice. Fill glass with sparkling water. Garnish with lime, pineapple, and a cherry.

Pineapple Lime Tequila Cooler

Coconut Lime Tequila Cake

We’ve been having some majorly cloudy mornings lately and that makes me want to do one thing: Bake. I don’t know why really. Maybe it’s because it feels like Christmas, or maybe that’s just the lie I tell myself, but either way, I bake.

Anyway, I woke up the other morning and it was cloudy, so I said to myself “Eff it, self. Let’s bake a cake.” I have all this tequila laying around because of my projects with Patrón, so I also decided to make it boozy. Because why not? Day drinking and cake for breakfast sounds grand.

I had that “put the lime in the coconut” song stuck in my head. So I did. In a cake. I went a little crazy, so it might seem like there’s a lot of steps, but it’s still super easy.

Coconut Lime Tequila Cake Recipe via Melodrama

Coconut Lime Tequila Cake

Cake Ingredients
1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs
3 cups sifted cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup coconut cream

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. With a mixer, cream room temperature butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar and continue to beat for 5 minutes. Gradually add the eggs (one at a time) and mix well. Sift together the dry ingredients. Add them to the butter mixture alternating with the coconut cream.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Let cake cool in pans for 15-20 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. Let cool completely.

Coconut Custard Filling Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut cream
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbs cornstarch
1 cup Flaked coconut
Mix cornstarch with cream until dissolved. Add cornstarch/cream mixture, coconut cream, and sugar to a small sauce pan. Gradually heat to a simmer while stirring. Remove from heat. Whisk egg yolks in a bowl. Slowly add half of the cream mixture to the egg yolks while whisking constantly. Pour the egg yolk mixture back into the sauce pan and bring back to a simmer. Cook for 2-4 minutes until thick and creamy. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl. Cool in an ice bath or cover mixture with plastic and store in refrigerator for 2-3 hours until chilled. Toss flaked coconut in a pan over medium heat until toasted. Set aside.

Tequila Lime Soak Ingredients

2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup white tequila (like Patrón Silver)
2 tablespoons lime zest

In a small pot over medium heat, mix lime juice and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved and starts to simmer. Remove from heat. Stir in tequila and lime zest. Set aside.

Buttercream Frosting
(I just used a standard buttercream with lime zest thrown in. You can use your favorite frosting.)
Ingredients
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
zest of one lime

Cream together the butter and vanilla. Sift the powdered sugar and add it to the butter mixture. Scrape down the bowl often to make sure all everything is mixed in. Add milk one tablespoon at a time until it’s your desired consistency. Beat until smooth for about 2-4 minutes.
Cake Assembly Directions

Slowly spoon the tequila lime mixture over both of the prepared cake rounds and let the cake absorb the liquid.

Coconut Lime Tequila Cake RecipeNext spoon the custard filling and half of the toasted coconut on one cake round and place the other on top.

Coconut Lime Tequila Cake Recipe

Ice the cake and then coat the sides with the remaining toasted coconut.

Coconut Lime Tequila Cake Recipe via MelodramaCut. Eat. Nap.

 

Lime Tequila Aperol Boozey Popsicles

Yesterday I was feeling a little warm and said to myself “Man, I could really go for a popsicle right now.” I actually said it to my dog and she gave me a very approving look, so I dug out my little popsicle molds and perused the kitchen for a refreshing liquid to freeze in said pop molds.

Limeade. Ok cool….nah. Then I was all like, F- it I’m putting tequila in this. And Aperol sounds good because why not? No one is here. I’m free to ‘test’ (aka day drink) for blogging purposes. Um, YUM. I think the sweet/sour/bitter/citrus combo produced a pretty banging popsicle.

I present you with my Lime Tequila Aperol Boozesicle because I couldn’t think of a more clever name.

Lime Tequila Aperol Pops

This makes 4 standard sized popsicles.

Ingredients

2 cups Limeade – (I used Simply Limeade)
4 tbsp tequila blanco (silver, plata, white, platinum)
2 tbsp Aperol

Combine, pour in molds, and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Lime Tequila Aperol Pops

I can’t get enough.
Lime Tequila Aperol Pops

Quick tip: If you’re using wooden sticks, don’t put the sticks in until the pops are partially frozen, after about an hour in the freezer.
Quick tip 2: If you don’t have a popsicle mold you can use dixie cups and peel off the paper after freezing.

This post was made possible by our friends at Campari.