Satsuma Pomegranate Paloma is a seasonal twist on a traditional Paloma. It features quintessential winter fruits like satsuma and pomegranate, tequila, and a splash of sparkling water. It's a refreshing sparkling cocktail that pairs perfectly with tacos or chips and spicy salsa!
Satsuma Pomegranate Paloma is a refreshing cocktail that's perfect for a winter cocktail hour at home. It's sweetened with satsuma juice, crushed pomegranate seeds, and agave nectar. The sparkling water adds a refreshing carbonation and the sweet and salty rim ties all of the flavors together. The citrus flavors compliment the tequila and tastes delicious with chips and salsa!
Ingredients to Make Satsuma Pomegranate Paloma
- Satsuma juice - Satsumas are a sweet variety of mandarins that originate from China and Japan. They are semi-seedless and easy to peel. Additionally, satsuma juice is very sweet and tangy. You can use a fork or citrus squeezer to squeeze the juice out of a satsuma.
- Pomegranate seeds - Pomegranates are sweet, tart fruit that produce juice-filled seeds. They are full of antioxidants and add a delicious sweetness to a Paloma.
- Tequila - Tequila is derived from a blue agave plant and originates from Tequila, Mexico. Some tequila brands include Patrón, El Tesoro, Clase Azul, and Casamigos.
- Sparkling water - Sparkling water adds a refreshing carbonation to a Paloma. Just a little splash makes the drink bubbly and fresh.
- Agave nectar - Agave nectar is derived from the agave plant. It is a healthy alternative to standard processed sugars.
How to Make a Paloma
Palomas are such a simple drink to make and doesn't require any fancy cocktail equipment.
- Salt the rim - Rub a satsuma or lime wedge around the edge of the glass. Dip the glass into a plate of mixed sugar and salt.
- Mix the ingredients - Place the pomegranate seeds in the cup and lightly smash with a fork or muddler. Mix in tequila, satsuma juice, agave nectar, sparkling water, and lime juice into the glass.
- Add ice and garnish - Add ice to the glass and adjust the sweetness with agave nectar to taste. Garnish with a lime wedge, mint, or a satsuma peel.
Common Substitutions and Variations
Citrus cocktails are such a refreshing treat to whip up for cocktail hour. Luckily, it tastes just as delicious with other citrus and mezcal variations! Here are some delicious citrus cocktail substitutes and variations:
- Swap tequila with mezcal for a smokier cocktail
- Sumo Orange Pomegranate Paloma
- Grapefruit Pomegranate Paloma
- Grapefruit Honey Sake Cocktail
- Cuban Old Fashioned Cocktail
- Saffron and Grapefruit Cocktail
Satsuma Pomegranate Paloma
- Juice of 4 satsumas
- ½ cup pomegranate seeds
- 4 oz tequila
- 8 oz sparkling water
- 1 tbsp agave nectar
- Mint and satsuma peel for garnish
- Equal parts coarse sea salt and sugar to rim the glass
- Rub a satsuma or lime wedge around the edge of the glasses and dip the glass into a plate of mixed sugar and salt to salt the rim.
- Divide the pomegranate seeds in the cup and lightly smash with a fork or muddler. Divide the tequila, satsuma juice, agave nectar, sparkling water, and lime juice between the two glasses and mix the ingredients.
- Add ice to the glasses and adjust the sweetness with agave nectar to taste. Garnish with a lime wedges, mint, or a satsuma peels.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove