Beautiful, in season ripe grapefruit combined with other juicy citrus, cranberry, tequila and Squirt® Cranberry Citrus Paloma Punch is a fresh large-batch holiday cocktail.
You’ll be the hit of all your holiday parties when you arrive with a big ‘ole punch bowl full of this light fizzy punch.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me and on behalf of Squirt®. The opinions and text are all mine.
Cranberry Citrus Paloma Punch with grapefruit, lime, and orange juices, cranberry puree, tequila and Squirt is a bright and fruity large batch cocktail recipe inspired by a vintage punch.
Large batch cocktails like punches are perfect for parties because they’re an excellent way to feature a fun themed beverage without playing bartender all night.
I also like that big batch beverages can easily be served to a crowd of both those who chose to imbibe and those who do not. If you’re serving a variety of people simply leave the spirit out for a non-boozy winter citrus punch. Then leave, in this case, a bottle or two of tequila nearby for of-age guests to spike their glasses as they see fit.
Big Batch Paloma
Traditional Paloma (which is the most popular tequila-based cocktail in Mexico) is made with tequila and grapefruit soda and it’s my go-to order at the bar.
And by ‘bar’ I mean Mexican restaurant.
by my house..
where I sometimes sneak away to with my husband..
during early-bird-special hours…
Well, come on! It’s loud enough to be considered a bar. No?
Well, my point is PALOMAS ARE GOOD. Really good and and I really, really enjoy drinking them. So much so that I would order them at the bar, if I had a chance. Along with one (or more!) of all my other favorite cocktails. If you can’t tell by my Midnight Mango Margarita, Harvest Cider Whiskey Spritz or Cranberry Moscow Mule posts I like cocktails. Especially cocktails that are light, fruity and fizzy!
And I really like sharing them with you. It’s almost like sharing a cocktail with a friend. Except for the whole drinking with a friend, clinkin’ glasses and cheersin’ part.
So please, while you’re at Safeway or Albertson’s taking care of all of your holiday party needs, stop by the soft drink aisle, stock up on Squirt, invite some friends over, mix up a big ole batch of Cranberry Citrus Paloma Punch and cheers away!
I like that this punch makes good use of those random cranberries I have floating around the fridge this time of year. There’s always an open but barely used bag of cranberries in my fridge over the holidays. Am I the only one? Cranberry Citrus Paloma Punch uses them three ways – whole cranberries in the ice, pureed cranberries in the punch and ground cranberries in the garnish.
How to Make Cranberry Citrus Paloma Punch
Simply build in the punchbowl. Over ice add pureed cranberry, freshly squeezed grapefruit, lime, orange juices and however much of your favorite tequila your heart desires. Depending on just what sort of holiday soiree you’re throwing add anywhere from 1.5-3 cups tequila. Then top with a 2 liter bottle of Squirt.
The tart cranberry, lime and grapefruit balance the sweetness from the fresh squeezed orange juice and grapefruit citrus soda for a light refreshing holiday punch.
Serving Cranberry Citrus Paloma Punch
To keep Cranberry Citrus Paloma Punch cold all night use large ice cubes. Throw some citrus and cranberries in and the punch will stay pretty and the fruit won’t clog up your guest’s glasses.
Use whatever you have to make big ice cubes – glass storage dishes, cupcake tins, etc. p.s cupcake tin ice cubes fit perfectly in traditional punch glasses.
For a complete diy bar include garnishes like citrus slices, cocktail straws and rim salt or sugar. It makes big batch cocktails feel more personalized and special.
Playing on the traditional pairing of salt and tequila Sweet Cranberry Salt is a great accompaniment to the tart punch. Simply pulse a few fresh cranberries with sugar and salt until like wet send and place on a plate next to the punch bowl. Add lime zest and/or chili powder for even more flavor and an extra 2 liter of Squirt next to the punch bowl to freshen up Cranberry Citrus Paloma Punch as needed.
Then go enjoy your evening with friends and family.
Cranberry Citrus Paloma Punch Recipe
Cranberry Citrus Paloma Punch
- 1/2 cup cranberry puree or 1 cup 100% cranberry juice, unsweetened
- 2 cups grapefruit juice fresh squeezed or unsweetened
- 1/2 cup orange juice fresh squeezed from 2 medium naval oranges
- 1 cup lime juice fresh squeezed from 6-8 limes
- 2 cups tequila blanco
- 2 liters Squirt®
- 4 cups ice
Fresh Cranberry Puree
- 3/4 cup fresh cranberries
- 2 tablespoons water
Sweet Cranberry Salt
- 3 fresh cranberries
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Prepare cranberry puree by blending cranberries until smooth, adding water as needed to get the mixture moving.
- Pulse salt, sugar anda few cranberries in a food processor or blender about 5 times until it’s the texture of wet sand to make Sweet Cranberry Salt. Set aside.
- Build punch in the bowl of your serving dish. Fill with citrus and cranberry ice then add cranberry puree and citrus juices.
- Serve with a salt rimmer (dish of salt) and a halved grapefruit to salt the rim.
- Punch can be made ahead of time by combining citrus juice and cranberry puree and storing all ingredients separately. Add tequila, ice and Squirt before serving.
If you’re looking for more holiday sips, tips, and festive feels head over to HolidaySipsnTips.com !