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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!
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Have a great Valentine’s Day!
PS. don’t forget to add a little sweetness to your life in the form of these browned butter sugar cookie bars and or these easy heart doughnuts.
I love this post, Tieghan! As a child, my favorite treat was to share a ruby red grapefruit with my grandfather. We’d cut in half and enjoy the pulp, then squeeze all the juice we could from the hollow peel into our mouths. A fun memory and Sooo yummy! Now as an adult, I love a Paloma or a Salty Dog. Fun fact, my father’s CB radio handle name was “Salty Dog”. It’s clear our love for grapefruit was shared by the whole family. I’ve never thought to ad rose water until now. This drink looks wonderful, so I am on the hunt for rose water at Whole Foods, but not sure which one to get. Will you please share what kind you use?
Thank you so much!
Hi Stacey!! Awe! I love this story. Thank you so much for sharing!!
Below is the rose water I use. Hope that helps!!
Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan
I made these this weekend and they were delicious! As have been the weekly recipes I’ve been making that you’ve shared. I hate to even ask this but do you happen to have the information on the short glass in your image? It’s beyond beautiful and would love to serve cocktails in these for our next quarantine driveway cocktail hour. 😉
Thanks so much for trying the recipe, I am so glad you enjoyed the cocktail. Unfortunately these glasses are old so I do not have a link for them, so sorry! xTieghan
Delicious and refreshing
Thank you Anthony! xTieghan
What kind of roses did you use? Can you use any type?
I used edible roses that are free of any chemicals. Just make sure the roses you use are fresh and contain no chemicals. It’s best to buy them from a grocery store. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂
Congratulations to your brother and your family!
Also, I’ve been making this cocktail on repeat since you posted it. It’s my absolute favorite at the moment. I subbed ginger kombucha for the ginger beer. I prefer my cocktails on the tart side and this one really hits the spot. The rose water adds just the right amount of complexity.
Thank you so much Jill! I am so glad you like this!