Grilled Peach Paloma
Ahh, summer time. It’s a mixed bag of emotions. The days are long and hot but there’s plenty of sunlight and the best fruit of them all is in season. Peaches! There really isn’t anything like a fresh ripe peach on a hot afternoon in August. Even better, is this grilled peach paloma on a hot summer evening.
Grilled peaches aren’t exactly groundbreaking and that’s for good reason. A little bit of direct heat will enhance their sweetness and overall flavor. Also, they will be much easier to muddle. Both of which will help to make your new favorite cocktail to close out the summer!
What is a paloma?
The classic paloma is a refreshing concoction of tequila and grapefruit juice. It’s actually Mexico’s favorite cocktail despite how many variations of margaritas your local Mexican place may have on the menu. It’s very popular in Houston (my home town!) but unfortunately not too many places north of here. Maybe this peach version will help!
- Of course you will need a grill. Can’t go wrong with the classic kettle.
- Bar equipment like a shaker, strainers and a jigger and muddler. I personally own all of these.
Keys to making the best Grilled Peach Paloma
I’ve said many times before but smaller the amount of ingredients, the most technique is reqired.
- Straining the puree – the peach/lime/agave puree will be pretty thick after you muddle it. Take your time to push all the goodness through the strainer
- Grilling the peaches – We are not coating the peaches in any type of sugar so you won’t get those classic grill marks. But it’s okay. There will still be pretty of caramelization. Just don’t burn them!
- Make a batch! – This is great for making a batch because the straining does take some effort
- Tequilla! – Something in the $30 dollar range that’s 100% agave will do just fine. Don’t go crazy with something expensive!
Other Recipes You Make Like
- Grilled Lemon Bourbon Smash
- Smores Cocktails with a Graham and Toasted Marshmallow Syrup
- Lemon Pepper Wing Sauce
Grilled Peach Paloma
- 2 whole peaches cut up into wedges
- 1 whole lime cut up into wedges
- 4 tablespoons agave nectar
- 12 ounces tequila 2 ounces per drink
- 12 ounces sparkling water 2 ounces per drink
- Set up your grill for direct high heat
- Place the peach wedges on the grill directly over the heat and grill for a few minutes on each side. We are looking for some caramelization and the peaches to be softened. Remove from grill and let cool for a few minutes.
- Afterwards, place the grilled peaches, lime wedges and agave syrup in a cup and muddle. It should only take about a minutes and the peaches should turn into a puree.
- Strain the mixture making sure to push out as much of the liquid as possible The puree will be thick so you may need to scrap the inside of the strainer to get it all to pass through. At this point you can batch the cocktail or have enough for 6 individual drinks.
- To make a batch, combine all the peach liquid with 12 ounces of tequila and mix with ice. Pour into a glass and top off with sparkling water.
- To make an individual drink, combine about 2 ounces of the peach liquid with 2 ounces of tequila and ice in a shaker cup and shake. Pour into a glass and top off with sparkling water.