Watermelon-Basil Paloma From Patrón

July 15, 2022
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  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • makes 1 cocktail
Test Kitchen Notes

This spin on a classic Paloma uses Patrón Reposado for a citrusy base, then layers on watermelon and lime juice, basil syrup, and grapefruit soda for a refreshing sip.

This recipe is shared in partnership with Patrón Tequila. —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • For the cocktail:
  • 1 1/2 ounces Patrón Reposado
  • 1 1/2 ounces watermelon juice
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce basil syrup
  • Jarritos Grapefruit Soda, for topping
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish
  • For the basil syrup:
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, packed
  1. For the cocktail:
  2. Add all the ingredients—except the grapefruit soda—to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake to combine, about 10 to 20 seconds, then strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with the grapefruit soda and serve with a fresh basil garnish.
  1. For the basil syrup:
  2. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat over medium, whisking constantly until the sugar dissolves. Once the syrup comes to a simmer, turn off the heat.
  3. Add fresh basil leaves and gently press them down into the syrup with a fork until they’re fully submerged. Let the basil infuse for 30 minutes. Strain the syrup over a fine-mesh sieve to separate the leaves; press the leaves against the strainer to extract all the syrup.
  4. Cool completely before using. If not using immediately, transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to one month.

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