Sipping on this Blood Orange Paloma Punch recipe will make you feel like you are strolling sunny streets south of the border. This cocktail-inspired punch is made with a refreshing blood orange mixer, lime juice, and freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Top with sparkling water for a summer drink your guests will love.
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A few weeks ago I took at trip to Illinois to visit my hometown for the first time in almost 15 years! It is a modest farming community which also boasts a small university and every year there is a heritage days celebration in June. People travel for miles to visit with friends, snack on fair food, and attend the classic car show.
Blood Orange Paloma Punch Recipe
Several of my close friends who I haven’t seen in years also made the journey so we could have a reunion of sorts. It was pretty darn amazing to see everyone after almost two decades. The experience was a real throw back to our college days. We stayed up late, ate food we knew would cause a little heart burn, and sipped on this Blood Orange Paloma Punch recipe.
Blood orange is one of my favorite citrus flavors. We always pick them up at the farmers market when they are in season. That is the part that makes me a little sad though. They are only in season from December to May! Luckily Master of Mixes has a seasonally inspired Blood Orange Margarita mixer made from single-pressed blood orange juice that is sourced from Sicily.
Master of Mixes cocktail mixers have been a great way to create naturally flavored, scratch-quality cocktails at home for the last 40 years. I can remember using them when we were in college! You can find their rigorous commitment to quality in everything from their mixers to the single-pressed, unsweetened lime juice and agave nectar used in this recipe. They even have an in-house master mixologist creating recipes like the ones you’ll find directly on the bottles or by visiting MixologyPro.com.
Grapefruit soda is at heart of the classic Paloma cocktail which originates from Mexico. I like to make a lighter version with fresh grapefruit juice and sparkling water. The sweetness of blood oranges are the perfect compliment to tart red grapefruits. Rather than make individual drinks for our reunion weekend, I decided to make things a little easier by creating this Blood Orange Paloma Punch recipe instead.
Blood Orange Paloma Punch Recipe
Punches are great for social gatherings where you don’t want to play bartender. We added fresh fruit and ice once the base was mixed together. Then set up a small drink station in the shade. Since it’s the middle of summer we all know ice could melt down this fruity concoction if your temps are crazy high like in places like Arizona. As an alternative you could always freeze a TON of citrus fruit and add that to the mix instead. Just keep plenty of ice bucket on hand for serving. Keeping the sparkling water on the side allows each person to customize how strong they want their drink.
My favorite part was rimming the glasses with fresh lime salt after dipping them in spicy agave nectar! You know I just had to mix a pinch of cayenne pepper in with the agave folks. When I recreated this recipe back at home, Paul literally licked the spicy agave off the plate. Can you say Spicy Agave Caramel Syrup? That’s next on my to-do list.
Needless to say this Blood Orange Paloma Punch recipe was such a hit I knew you folks would love it too. The longer this punch rests the stronger the flavors will develop. You could even make the base the day before. This second batch lasted me and Paul almost an entire weekend. And we had company over too!
For a great non-alcoholic mocktail recipe simply omit the tequila. If you are serving a variety of people, make the base non-boozy and keep the tequila handy. Your of-age guests can spike their drinks as they see fit!
Which recipe on MixologyPro.com are you excited to try? Or would you create your own unique specialty like I did with this Blood Orange Paloma Punch recipe?
Blood Orange Paloma Punch
- 1 1L bottle Master of Mixes Blood Orange Margarita Mix
- 2 cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- 2 cups tequila blanco
- 3/4 cup lime juice
- Grapefruit slices for garnish
- Lime slices for garnish
- Agave nectar for glass rim
- Cayenne pepper for glass rim
- kosher salt for glass rim
- Fresh lime zest for glass rim
- Sparkling water
- In a large drink dispenser combine blood orange mix, grapefruit juice, tequila, and lime juice. Stir to combine.
- Add fruit slices and ice. Substitute frozen fruit first if desired.
- Place agave nectar on a small plate. Mix in desired amount of cayenne pepper.
- Place salt and lime zest on a separate small plate. Stir to combine.
- To serve, dip glass rim in agave. Then dip rim in lime salt. Fill glass with ice.
- Add desired amount of punch base to glass. Top with sparkling water.