Red, White, and Blue Paloma Slushies

June 27, 2017
3 Ratings
Photo by Alexandra Stafford
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Adapted from the recipe for Paloma Slushies in Julia Turshen's Small Victories.

The original recipes calls for grapefruit juice, and it's delicious, but if you feel like making a summery variation I highly recommend strawberries. As with cooking, drink making requires adjusting to taste. Depending on how sweet your strawberries are, you may need more or less honey (or agave) or fresh lime. Also, depending on the size of your blender, you may need to add the strawberries in batches, and you may need to add the ice in batches as well. It all works out in the end, just be mindful of your blender's capacity.

Blueberries are fun, too, and festive if you want to make a blue drink for the Fourth, though I am partial to strawberry and grapefruit.

I've been using light agave, which has a nice, neutral flavor. It's less viscous than honey, which makes it a little easier to use, though this is a minor detail. —Alexandra Stafford

What You'll Need
  • 4 limes
  • 1/4 cup (85g) honey or agave syrup, see notes above
  • 1 cup grapefruit juice or 3 to 4 cups strawberries or blueberries, see notes above
  • 1 cup (240 ml) tequila
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 cups (720) ice cubes
  1. Peel three of the limes by lopping off the tops and the bottoms of each one, cutting just deep enough to expose the fruit beneath the pith. Stand each lime on your cutting board—it should be nice and steady. Cut the remaining peel and pith off the lime in wide strips, working your way around the fruit, so that you end up with a complete, peeled piece of fruit. Discard the peels or reserve them from another use. (Julia likes to simmer them with water and brown sugar, then strain the liquid and serve it over ice. She notes that a little tequila wouldn't hurt one bit.) Cut the remaining lime into thin slices.
  2. Put the peeled limes in a blender; add the honey or agave, juice (or 3 cups of the strawberries or blueberries), tequila, and salt; and blend until combined. Add the ice (see notes above—you likely will need to do this in batches) and let the machine run until the ice is totally blitzed and the mixture is very smooth.
  3. Pour into four glasses and garnish with the lime slices. Serve immediately.

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4 Reviews

Karen G. July 15, 2017
We added about two ounces of Triple Sec and found that it was perfection! (Grapefruit juice version). Such a lovely recipe! Thanks!
Alexandra S. July 16, 2017
Yum! That sounds like a perfect addition. So happy to hear this.
mrslarkin July 10, 2017
Delicious! Brought these to a barbecue on Saturday. Big hit. We made the strawberry version.
Alexandra S. July 11, 2017
So happy to hear this, Mrs. Larkin! So fun. I love the strawberry version, too.