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virgin paloma in stemless wine glass

Easy Grapefruit Mocktail (Paloma Mocktail)

  • Author: Emily Dixon, Sweets & Thank You
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This non-alcoholic twist on a paloma is the perfect blend of citrus and sparkle. You’ll love the fresh, bright flavor!



For Rosemary Simple Syrup:

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 23 sprigs fresh rosemary

For Each Grapefruit Mocktail:

  • 4 oz. fresh grapefruit juice (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice (1 Tablespoon)
  • 1/23/4 oz. rosemary simple syrup or agave (11 1/2 Tablespoons)
  • 24 oz. club soda or sparkling water (1/41/2 cup)

Optional Garnish:

  • Fresh rosemary sprigs, grapefruit slices, lime wedges, or a sugar or salt rim.


Start By Making The Rosemary Simple Syrup:

  1. Wash The Rosemary. If you haven’t yet, wash the rosemary thoroughly in cool water. Keep the rosemary in big sprigs, if possible.
  2. Dissolve The Sugar And Water. Add sugar and water to a small saucepan and stir to dissolve over medium heat. It’s ok to bring the mixture to a simmer, but there’s no need to boil.
  3. Steep The Rosemary. When the water is steaming or simmering and the sugar is completely dissolved, add the sprigs of rosemary. Turn off the heat and let the simple syrup steep for at least 10-20 minutes, up to 1 hour. (The longer you steep it, the stronger the flavor will be.)
  4. Strain, Store & Serve. Pour the simple syrup through a fine mesh strainer to strain out the rosemary and store the rosemary simple syrup in a glass jar or airtight container in the fridge up to 2 weeks. (This recipe makes plenty for several drinks!)

Make Your Mocktail:

  1. Add Ice. Fill the glass with ice.
  2. Start With Juice & Syrup. Add grapefruit juice, lime juice, and rosemary simple syrup (or agave, if using) to a glass. Stir to combine. (Stirring without the sparkling water helps you keep the fizz in the drink later. You can also add these ingredients to a cocktail shaker & shake to combine!)
  3. Taste And Adjust. If you’re making this for yourself, now’s a great time to check in on the flavor. If your grapefruit was especially tart or a little bitter, you may want more simple syrup/agave.
  4. Top With Sparkling Water. Then, top off the glass with club soda/sparkling water.
  5. Add Garnishes. Finish by adding your favorite garnishes and enjoy!


*Try Muddling The Rosemary. If you have plain simple syrup on hand or you’re using agave, you can still bring out the rosemary flavor in the drink by muddling the rosemary. Add fresh rosemary to the glass along with the simple syrup or agave, and muddle the rosemary by pressing down and twisting a few times to release some of the essential oils.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: paloma mocktail, grapefruit mocktail, virgin paloma, virgin grapefruit cocktail, non-alcoholic paloma

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