Paloma: A New Cocktail for New Year’s Eve Brunch

Adios Mimosa! The Paloma is the new “Cura Resacas” (Hair of the Dog).

There’s nothing better than a New Year’s Day brunch to soak up what ails you, reconsider off-the-wall resolutions and look forward to 12 months of endless possibilities. But for too many years, I’ve been subjected to the mimosa, from a fresh-squeezed and Chandon variety, to an Andre-and-Ocean-Spray headache in a glass.

Thankfully, I can say “adios” to the mimosa, for I have discovered the Paloma. Equal parts grapefruit juice and tequila, plus some sugar and lime juice, topped off with club soda, the Paloma is my new favorite way to celebrate the season.

Citrus is the star this time of year, and thanks to a brimming grapefruit tree on Oregon Street in downtown Redding, I had plenty of juice for this refreshing cocktail. This recipe is adapted from the January 2013 “Bon Appetit” Magazine:

Adam’s Paloma

1/4 cup grapefruit juice (I used yellow grapefruit, but ruby would make this drink prettier)
1/4 cup tequila (“Bon Appetit” recommends mescal, too)
1 tablespoon lime juice
 2 teaspoons sugar (or agave, honey or stevia)
Club soda
Kosher salt

Dip the rim of a tall glass in grapefruit juice and kosher salt. Fill glass with ice.

In a cocktail shaker, combine grapefruit juice, lime juice and sugar. Shake or stir until sugar is dissolved.

Pour tequila in glass and add juice/sugar mixture.

Top with club soda and slice of grapefruit.

Enjoy! I wish you a happy and healthy 2013.

Adam Mankoski enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He lives in Redding.

is a recent North State transplant who feels completely at home here. He enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner are the owners of HawkMan Studios and the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday Art Hop.
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15 Responses

  1. Avatar Larry says:

    At the risk of putting a damper on you New Year, everyone should be aware that grapefruit and prescription drugs don't often mix well.

    By JoNel Aleccia, NBC News

    If you kick-start your day with a glass of grapefruit juice, be careful.

    Canadian scientists say the number of common prescription drugs that can interact badly with the tart citrus is climbing, with the potential for dangerous, even deadly, results.

    Twenty-six new drugs that can cause serious harm when mixed with grapefruit have been introduced in the past four years alone, bringing the total to 43, said Dr. David Bailey, a clinical pharmacologist at the Lawson Health Institute Research Center in London, Ontario. That’s an average of more than six new drugs a year.

    “What I’ve seen has been disturbing,” said Bailey, lead author on a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. “It’s hard to avoid putting a drug out on the market that is not affected by grapefruit juice.”

  2. Avatar Canda says:

    Holy cow, Tequila kicks me in the butt if I drink it at night. Don't think I could stomach it for "Hair of the Dog" drink. Plus I'm on that darn statin drug that won't let you have grapefruit. 🙁 Sure looks good in the photos though. Happy New Year!

  3. Avatar Sally says:

    It looks and sounds fabulous, but I, like Canda, am on a statin drug that my doctor, thankfullly, already advised me to avoid grapefruit – darn it anyway!

  4. Avatar Matt Grigsby says:

    I would worry that the grapefruit juice would make the drink too bitter. I believe some research is in order. For science!

  5. Avatar steve fischer says:

    I think if I leave out the grapefruit and the sugar, the statin and pre-dibetes problems are off the list, and then.. so little lime and club soda – seems silly to go to the trouble…

    YEP! Sounds like a great way to watch the football games. And I think I saved enough on mixers that I can buy more tequila and maybe an avocado…


  6. Avatar KarenC says:

    Hey, I live on the east side of the river and so far I have picked 242 beautiful, organic lemons and have about 100 more to go. I love grapefruit! Want to trade some for lemons??? I'm serious!

    • Avatar Adam Mankoski says:

      Karen – I am lemon-rich. I have a great Meyer lemon in my yard. But I am happy to share the grapefruit bounty. I'll pick more next week. Find me on Facebook and message me and I'll deliver. My pleasure.

  7. Avatar KarenC says:

    Hi Adam, I am not on Facebook…..thank so much, my lemons are Eureka Lemons if you would like some of those. Please email me at

    and I will give my my phone number so we can connect….again thanks!

  8. Avatar KarenC says:

    I'm still interested in those grapefruit Adam….please send me a message at the above email so I can give you my address. Thanks

  9. Avatar `AJacoby says:

    Coouldn't help but notice that a "New Year's Eve Brunch" is a bit of a nonsequetar (or is it an oxymoron?). Later, in the body of the article, you did change it to New Year's Day brunch, but the title made me chortle. (a little more than a smirk but not quite a chuckle)

  10. Avatar Magnolia Neighborhoo says:

    Happy New Year! Great recipe, Adam, thank you. There's a wonderful dwarf grapefruit tree in my patio with just enough of a crop this year for a couple of Palomas. Might have to make this a sort of New Year's ritual. (And unlike most Americans in the age 55 group, I'm not on ANY prescription drugs, so no worries about food-drug reactions.)