Recipe: The Palermo Cocktail

updated May 1, 2019
The Palermo Cocktail
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If you spend time with or are even remotely associated with a writer, you must know you are fair game for material. My husband of almost 15 years knows this all too well, and this week’s happy hour proves it once again.

(Image credit: Maureen Petrosky)

Though I had never seen a blood orange until I was in my twenties and in culinary school, my half-Sicilian husband has been eating them since he was a kid. A few years back, we visited his Sicilian family and I was ecstatic to find they had blood orange groves right in their back yard.

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I usually cut blood oranges into segments for salads or just eat them as a snack, but this week, I found that mixing their juice with tequila and topping the glass with blood orange soda makes for a happy uniting of nations and one delicious cocktail.

This cocktail is inspired by the beloved Paloma cocktail, a concoction of tequila, grapefruit juice, fresh squeezed lime and Jarritos (grapefruit soda). My version gets a Sicilian makeover blood oranges as its influence. It’s every blood orange lover’s perfect sip — a squeeze of fresh blood orange juice really completes the picture if you have it, but blood orange soda is also makes a delicious cocktail on its own.

Here’s to mixing cultures in your cocktail shaker, a fabulous happy hour in less than 10-minutes, and happily ever after.

(Image credit: Maureen Petrosky)

The Palermo Cocktail

Serves 1

Nutritional Info


  • 2 to 3 ounces


  • Juice of 1/2 lime

  • Juice of 1/2 blood orange, optional

  • 3 ounces

    blood orange soda

  • Lime wedge for garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the tequila, lime juice and blood orange juice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a glass filled with ice, top with the blood orange soda and garnish with a lime wedge.

Recipe Notes

If you like the Palermo check out these other tequila cocktails: The Paloma and the Pink Paloma.