This is a play on a paloma cocktail, a favorite from Mexico. Rather than using sweet grapefruit soda, we call for fresh grapefruit juice for a fruit-forward beverage with less sugar and more vitamin C than the classic. Calorie-free club soda adds refreshing fizz, while pomegranate’s distinct flavor and bright red color make this cocktail shine. In season from September to January, fresh pomegranates pack a powerful punch of heart-healthy polyphenols. The more the pomegranate seeds (also known as the arils) break down, the more color and flavor they release into the drink.
2 tablespoons pomegranate arils
2 teaspoons thinly sliced ginger
1 (1-in.) lime wedge
1/3 cup pomegranate juice
2/3 cup fresh red grapefruit juice
2 ounces silver tequila
3 ice cubes
4 ounces club soda
Garnish: grapefruit wedges
Calcium 2% DV
Potassium 4% DV
Added sugars g
How to Make It
Muddle pomegranate arils, ginger, and lime wedge in a cocktail shaker. Add pomegranate juice, grapefruit juice, tequila, and 3 ice cubes; cover, and shake well for 15 seconds. Strain evenly into 2 highball glasses filled with ice. Top each glass with 2 oz. club soda. Garnish each with a grapefruit wedge, if desired.
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