Celebrating Valentine’s Day with this festive Rose and Ginger Paloma.
Happy Valentine’s Day!! It’s so weird because as I write this, it is Valentine’s Day here in South Korea. But…I am also flying home today, and even though it’s a sixteen hour plus travel day, it will still be Valentine’s Day when I arrive home in the US. South Korea is a day ahead of the US, so while I lost a day traveling here, I will gain that day back while traveling home.
Not going to lie, I am bumming pretty hard to be leaving some of my family behind here in Korea, but I have to get back home and do things like, you know, that thing called work. Some of my family is traveling home with me today, while my parents and a few siblings are staying in Korea for Big Air…which happens on the twenty-first in Korea, but on the 20th in the US. Red will be competing, and I would have loved to stay and watch, but three weeks away from work was a little too hard to do, so I will be heading home today.
I’m sure it will be nice to be home, but leaving the family, especially after the experience we all just had, is pretty hard.
I am excited to hike again, and to get back in the swing of normalcy. It was so cold the entire time we’ve been here that standing outside in the cold for hours watching snowboarding meant that hiking was totally not happening.
Anyway, I know I normally post my cocktails on Saturdays, but this just seemed like the perfect recipe for today. It’s easy enough for you guys to make tonight as your V-day cocktail, but also good enough to make anytime of the year.
It’s pretty obvious that the Paloma is up there as one of my favorite drinks. I have not one, but two Paloma recipes on HBH. This Strawberry Chamomile Paloma and this Pomegranate Paloma. Both are some of the most popular cocktails on the site …and with my family, who have lately been gaining a tad too much notoriety in regards to their drinking!
Today’s Paloma is a little simpler, but still delicious, and perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Plus, I really just wanted an excuse to put roses in my drink.
So here’s the deal. Like any Paloma recipe, this one is easy. It’s a simple mix of fresh grapefruit juice, lime juice, and tequila. What makes the drink special however is the addition of a little rose water and a good splash of gingerbeer…my all time favorite drink topper.
The rose water adds a subtle flora flavor that pairs really nicely with the sweet citrus from the grapefruit juice. The gingerbeer adds a touch of sweetness to the cocktail, along with some nice fizz action. Put it all together and you have the perfect, light pink, sweet, and fizzy cocktail for your Valentine’s Day…or any other day.
If you’re new to rose water, it’s a really great ingredient to have in your pantry and can be used in a lot of middle eastern inspired dishes. It’s really healthy to drink, and great to incorporate into our diets for healthier skin. I normally just buy mine from Amazon, but my local Whole Foods sells it as well.
Seeing as I am flying home today, and probably in the air as your read this, I don’t have any plans for my Valentine’s Day, but I’m cool with that because after the last seven days a little chill time is sounding pretty awesome.
Maybe I’ll have a chance to snack on some chocolate before hitting my pillow tonight, but come Friday, I’m sure I’ll be mixing up one of these fun cocktails for someone.
Trust me, you guys need to give this one a try. It’s refreshing, light, and…come on, you know all the roses alone make you want to mix this drink up.
It’s yummy, cute and fun!
Rose and Ginger Paloma
Servings: 1 drink
Calories Per Serving: 170 kcal
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- 1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
- 2 ounces silver tequila
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1-2 tablespoons rose water
- gingerbeer, for topping
- 1. Fill your glass halfway with ice. Add the grapefruit juice, tequila, lime juice, and rose water. Stir to combine and then top with ginger beer. Garnish with fresh roses. enjoy!
Have a great Valentine’s Day!