Watermelon Paloma

By • August 19, 2013 • 7 Comments



Author Notes: No, this isn't really a Paloma. It's missing the one key ingredient (grapefruit) that distinguishes a Paloma from most other tequila cocktails -- and instead calls on watermelon, that quintessential American summer treat, to do fruit duty.Merrill Stubbs

Makes makes one cocktail, with lots of extra watermelon juice

  • 1 small watermelon (about 5 pounds), cubed
  • 1 1/2 ounce tequila blanca
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • Club soda to taste
  1. To make the watermelon juice, put half the watermelon cubes in a blender and blend until liquid. Set a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl and pour the watermelon juice into the strainer, gently stirring with a wooden spoon to coax the juice through the strainer.
  2. Discard any pulp in the strainer and then blend and strain the rest of the watermelon cubes. Cover and chill the juice until you're ready to use it.
  3. To make the drink, put 4 or 5 ice cubes in a tall glass. Add the tequila, 1/4 cup watermelon juice and lime juice and stir gently. Top with club soda and stir briefly. (Use these same proportions to whip up an entire pitcher of Palomas.)

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about 15 hours ago MeMecooke

Suzanne Kay..glass looks like CB2, Marta 18 oz.

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23 days ago butchie4ever

If I wanted to make a this for a large group what are the preportions? Would I use the juice from one watermelon and a whole bottle of tecila and then top off with club soda? Also could I use ginger ale instead of club soda? I want to make for the 4th, but I have friends who are not club soda fans

Merrill

23 days ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Since all watermelons are different and will produce different amounts of liquid, I'd juice a whole watermelon and measure out the juice. Then add 6 ounces of tequila, the juice of 2 limes and about 6 ounces of club soda for every cup of juice. I would not recommend ginger ale -- the flavor will overpower the drink, and it will be way too sweet. The club soda (or sparkling water if you prefer that) is there to lighten up the drink and add carbonation.

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3 months ago Suzanne Kay

Love the glass used here! Where can I find it?

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4 months ago rob weaver

what's the function of the 1/4 cup watermelon juice and when is it utilized?

Merrill

4 months ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

In the last step!

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4 months ago rob weaver

duh - Tx!