I’m co-hosting a virtual Sip and See party and serving this easy to make mocktail. It’s based upon the classic Mexican tequila-based Paloma and is the perfect signature drink for a spring Sip and See.
Over the last few months, I’ve made friends with several wonderful ladies who are also in the party blogging, DIY, baking, and home entertaining space. We live all around the country. However, we chat all the time and have been collaborating on a bunch of projects together. The wonders of technology, right?!
When our friend, Amanda, of Rusty Chic Decor gave birth to her second child – an adorable daughter named Carleigh Jacqueline, we wanted to do something special for her. We weren’t going to let the fact that we all live in different states get in the way. Lori of Pop of Gold, a fabulous party planning and party inspiration blog, suggested that we put together a virtual Sip and See party. We each created something for the party and are sharing it today.
We all bring something different to the table. Lauren of Oh How Charming, a blog and online shop dedicated to balloon garlands and other balloon party decor created a beautiful balloon garland and dessert table, Lori created a stunning Sip and See tablescape complete with party favors, and Caitlin of Cafe Everyday Sunday made gorgeous bespoke cookies. Finally, since I’m all about cocktails, fun, and easy home entertaining. I created a signature drink for the party.
Before I jump into what I created, I want to say this. Instagram and other forms of social media get a bad rap. Some of it is deserved. Lately, I’ve been toying with the idea of doing some type of digital detox before bed each night or one full day each week. That said, these tools can also be used for good and really what they were originally created for – connecting with others! As we get older, it can be difficult to make new friends. I, for one, am happy to make new connections, no matter what form they come in. I’m hoping one day we can all enjoy a cocktail in person together though!
I did something a little different on this one. I created something non-alcoholic (to accommodate any new moms who may be breastfeeding). You can easily make an alcoholic version and I’ll share the details below.
We were inspired by peach and blush tone colors. To me, a version of the classic Paloma – a popular tequila-based Mexican cocktail – would be perfect. My riff on this classic is a combination of peach puree, simple syrup, Peach-Pear La Croix, grapefruit, and lime juice. This drink is very refreshing and surprisingly easy to make. It’s also quite light – perfect for a daytime event like a Sip and See party.
When shopping for the ingredients you’ll want to make sure to get really good peaches. I know; I know – I’m stealing Ina Garten’s phrase here. However, given that the peach flavors are the star of the show – make sure you get the most perfect ones you can find. For the peach puree, I simply made my simple syrup ahead of time, chilled it, and then added diced peaches to the simple syrup and blended it until smooth in my Nutribullet.
For the grapefruit juice – I bought a bunch of grapefruits and juiced my own; however, this is a bit of work and I don’t blame you if you get a high quality grapefruit juice in the store. I do prefer fresh, though. Finally for the limes, I used Sicilia lime juice. I find limes super annoying to juice because they are so tiny. I just bought some fresh limes for garnish and used the Sicilia lime juice. All of the steps will be explained in more detail in the recipe, but essentially all you need to do is place the puree and all of the juices in a chilled cocktail shaker with lots of ice, strain into glasses, and top with the Peach-Pear La Croix. I used my favorite CB2 double old fashioned glasses, but high ball glasses work well, too.
You’ll want to make your simple syrup ahead so you have time to chill it. Simple syrup has become a staple for me – for both cocktail making and in some instances even dessert. I recently made a pineapple lime sorbet and the sugar base for it was simple syrup.
An essential for cocktail making.
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
Add one part water and one part sugar to a saucepan (I went with 1/2 cup each). Bring the saucepan to a simmer and stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved.
Once the sugar is dissolved, take the saucepan off the heat and let cool.
A non-alcoholic riff on the classic Mexican tequila-based cocktail, the Paloma.
- 2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
- 1 ounce lime juice fresh squeezed or Sicilia bottled lime juice
- 2 ounces peach simple syrup
- 4 ounces peach-pear La Croix water
- 1 cup simple syrup follow my Simple Syrup recipe noted above
- 1 cup diced peaches
Make simple syrup recipe and chill.
Chill a cocktail shaker.
Add peaches to a blender to puree until smooth. The amounts noted will yield enough syrup for several cocktails.
Juice grapefruits and limes (if you choose to juice the limes as well).
Add the peach simple syrup, grapefruit juice, and lime juice to a chilled cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well.
Strain the mixture into a double old fashioned or high ball glass and top with 4 ounces of La Croix peach-pear water.
Some additional notes - this recipe can easily be made alcoholic by adding 2 ounces of good tequila blanco and paring back the La Croix peach-pear water (a splash to about 2 ounces depending on your preference).
As noted in the recipe, the drink can easily be made alcoholic by adding a tequila blanco of choice and using a bit less La Croix. I hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as I did. Also, please don’t forget to check out Lori, Lauren, and Cait’s fabulous work as well.