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Thyme for Palomas!

Most people don’t know that the Paloma, not the Margarita, is Mexico’s most beloved cocktail. 

A classic Paloma uses grapefruit juice and tequila. Since I had a bowl full of blood oranges from my tree that wasn’t getting any better with age, if you know what I mean, I decided to use the blood orange juice in place of the grapefruit juice in the classic Paloma. I also infused fresh thyme in simple syrup and lemon juice I had leftover from this cocktail. Oh, and they call them blood oranges for nothing. After I finished cutting and squeezing all my oranges, it looked like a bloody scene on my cutting board!

If you want to make this in the near future, Trader Joe’s has bags of blood oranges right now. When fresh blood oranges aren’t in season, TJ’s also sells Villa Italia Blood Orange Soda and Grapefruit Soda. Using these flavored sodas is a great shortcut in place of the fresh juice.

I made this cocktail and brought a Crudités Harmony Board for a triple-birthday Dinner Party at Tram and Steve’s house on Saturday. Steve has an outdoor pizza oven and he is a master pizza maker! His crust is so thin and crispy, pure perfection.

Tram made her two specialty desserts – Angel Food Cake and Key Lime Pie – both were divine.

Blood Orange-Thyme Palomas

  • 1 handful fresh thyme
  • 1/4  cup simple syrup
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice
  • 4 cups fresh squeezed blood orange juice
  • 2 cups silver tequila
  • Ice
  • 4 cups club soda, chilled
  • Blood orange slices and fresh thyme sprigs for garnish

Pour simple syrup and lemon juice in a saucepan, add thyme and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 3 minutes.  Set aside until cool.

In a large pitcher, mix together the blood orange juice, cooled thyme simple syrup mixture and tequila. Refrigerate until cold.

When ready to serve, fill glasses with ice, fill each glass 3/4 full with blood orange juice-tequila mixture and then top with chilled club soda. Stir and then garnish each with an orange slice and thyme sprig and serve.

Makes 10

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1 Betsy { 04.08.19 at 7:07 AM }

Delicious looking food and drink.

2 Lisa { 04.08.19 at 7:47 AM }

They look yummy but I’m not sure anything trumps a margarita :).

3 Lina K. Austin { 04.08.19 at 8:12 AM }

Your Harmony Boards are the universal, perfect gift. Super clever. We have a blood orange tree so thanks for the ideas. And I will use thyme infusions for other foods, too. Never thought of that before. Good photos, too.

4 Nancy { 04.08.19 at 9:00 AM }

Thyme simply syrup sounds divine!

5 Debbie Elder { 04.10.19 at 6:09 AM }

So would love to have a real pizza oven. I have a small outdoor grill that heats to 800 and it works pretty well though.

6 Shelley { 04.10.19 at 10:37 AM }

The harmony board looks wonderful!

7 Amy Gieszl { 04.28.19 at 1:34 PM }

Another yummy cocktail recipe….thanks, Linda!

8 Anne { 04.30.19 at 8:22 AM }

Learn something new every day!! You are smart…you are beautiful….you are loved!! (not exact quote from The Help, but close!)

9 Shirley { 05.02.19 at 6:11 AM }

It looks amazing…it is 5 o’clock somewhere!

10 Marilyn Harter { 05.02.19 at 5:06 PM }

This looks so refreshing! I already love Trader Joe’s Citrus sodas! Use them with sparkling wines!

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