Hibiscus Ginger Palomas

Hot pink, tangy, and not too sweet, this next-level margarita is full of floral notes from fresh grapefruit juice and zest, hibiscus flowers, fresh ginger, and lime.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Author: The Bojon Gourmet

Ingredients

Hibiscus Ginger Grapefruit Syrup: (makes ½ cup, enough for 4 drinks)

  • ¾ cup water, (175 ml)
  • ¼ cup dried whole hibiscus flowers, (8 g)
  • ¼ cup organic granulated cane sugar, (25 g)
  • 1 medium grapefruit
  • ¼ cup lightly packed coarsely grated fresh ginger , (30 g)

Paloma:

  • ¼ cup strained pink grapefruit juice, (60 ml)
  • 3 tablespoons reposado tequila, (45 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons hibiscus ginger syrup, above, (30 ml)
  • 1-2 teaspoons lime juice, to taste, (5-10 ml)
  • ice
  • sparkling water
  • lime slices or grapefruit wedges, for garnish

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan, combine the water, hibiscus, and sugar. Use a vegetable peeler to pare away the colorful part of the grapefruit skin in long strips. Add these to the pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the grated ginger, cover, and steep for 10-20 minutes. Strain through a sieve, reserving the liquid and pressing on the solids to extract all the good stuff. Discard the solids and chill the syrup until cold.
  • To make a paloma, combine the grapefruit juice, tequila, syrup, and the smaller amount of lime juice. Pour into a glass filled partway with ice cubes, and top with a splash of sparkling water. Add more lime if you feel the drink needs it. Garnish with a lime slice or grapefruit wedge if you like, and serve.

Notes

With inspiration from Honey & Birch.
We like these unsalted, but if you're a salty dog, feel free to rub the rim of the glass with a lime wedge and dip in coarse salt.
The syrup can be made at least several days ahead, and the drinks can be mixed in bulk, sans ice and sparkling water, and chilled ahead of time.
Feel free to leave the tequila out and you'll have the most delicious grapefruit soda imaginable.
Nutritional values are based on one drink.

Nutrition

Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 96mg | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin C: 23.5% | Iron: 9.3%
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