Sage Paloma Recipe

May 20, 2016

Truth be told, I don’t like grapefruits – but I do like grapefruit cocktails. Especially paired with fresh herbs, so this sage Paloma happens to be one of my favorites. 

There was a time that I thought, “Who doesn’t like grapefruits Chloe?”


So I cut into a big ol’ juicy one, took a bite, and pretended to like it for five seconds, then decided to be the only person in the world who doesn’t like grapefruit. Similar to my feelings about peanut butter. 

I might not be the only one who doesn’t like grapefruits, but you get the picture here. They’re not my favorite. I only take them when they’re disguised with tequila, gin, or vodka. 

The homemade grapefruit syrup is delicious with fresh sage infused into it. The mixture happened a bit happenstance because sage was the only herb ready for picking out in the garden – so it made its way into the syrup. I am so happy it did, because it perfectly offsets the tart grapefruit flavor. 

Sage Paloma

  • 3/4 oz. Sage Infused Grapefruit syrup
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1.5 oz. Tequila 

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker – shake well over ice, and serve in a salt rimmed glass. Enjoy!

Sage Infused Grapefruit Syrup


  • 2 Grapefruits
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Handful fresh sage

Quarter the grapefruits, and squeeze the juice into a small saucepan. Add the rinds and a large handful of fresh sage into the saucepan. Top with the sugar & water, and stir together. Turn the heat to the lowest setting, and let the mixture simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally. 

Turn the heat off, and let the mixture cool – you can even refrigerate this overnight for a stronger flavor!

Strain the syrup through a mesh strainer to remove pulp, rinds, and sage leaves. 

Pour the syrup into a tight seal bottle, and save for up to a month. 

What is your favorite way to enjoy grapefruits? I’d love to give them another chance!

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  1. Okay I NEED to try this!!! I didn’t used to like grapefruit but I grew out of that – so I’ll sooo be trying this this summer! YUM!

    • It’s seriously so so yummy! I am glad you were able to mature out of the grapefruit dislike – I am still working on it ;)

  2. OMG this sounds and looks so good! I’m just like you, I don’t really love grapefruit but I do love grapefruit cocktails. So weird but I guess it’s the tequila just makes me love anything. Lol.

    • haha I am in the same boat ;) I think tequila could also help me overcome my dislike of salads…what do you say?

  3. I have been craving tequila cocktails the last few months. This sounds delicious and refreshing. I’m going to save your recipe for once baby arrives!