The Rosada – A Tequila Cocktail

A great combo of rosemary, tequila and grapefruit!



Tequila is one the spirits that we have a real love and hate relationship, because a lot of the experiences with tequila were those we had back in our college days when we were drinking cheap tequila in badly mixed cocktails or shots. Recently, we have experienced the finer side of tequila, getting to try some of the offerings from small family owned distilleries like Partida and El Mayor which opened our eyes to how incredible a fine quality tequila can be.



One of the drinks that we enjoy is a favorite of Mexico, the paloma, which pairs up the flavors of grapefruit soda and tequila to make a very refreshing cocktail.



Tequila and Grapefruit

While we love the paloma on a hot day near our pool as the fizzy grapefruit soda can be refreshing, sometimes we want more of the grapefruit flavor. One way to make sure you get a big pop of grapefruit flavor is to use fresh squeezed grapefruit juice in your drink. With the flavor combination of tequila and grapefruit in mind we set out to come up with a new drink!



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Rosada Cocktail with rosemary sprig and ice cube. Mixing glass and bar spoon with flowers in background

Mixing Glass / Bar Spoon / Stemless Wine Glasses / Juicer



We started the Rosada out using a blanco tequila, which has a clean bold flavor of the blue agave used to make it. The blanco tequilas tend to be full flavored with hints of citrus and earthy herbal notes which work really well with bright tart flavors like grapefruit. Fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice adds a sweet tart flavor, the bright citrus notes pulling the fruity and mineral flavors out of the tequila.






Wanting a bit more of an herbal flavor and needing some sweet to help temper the bite of the tequila, we added a splash of our rosemary infused simple syrup. While the grapefruit juice add a bit of sweet tart flavor, a splash of fresh squeezed lime juice adds a cooling sour note to the drink, making the cocktail very refreshing, perfect for sipping by the pool and erasing the memories of those college nights with bad tequila!






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Yield: 1

The Rosada - A Tequila Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
A light cocktail, perfect for warm summer days, this Rosada has a combination of grapefruit, tequila and rosemary simple syrup.



Combine all ingredients and shake or stir together.

Garnish with a rosemary sprig and/or grapefruit peel.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 203 Total Fat: 0.1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1mg Carbohydrates: 21.5g Fiber: 0.9g Sugar: 19.7g Protein: 0g

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47 thoughts on “The Rosada – A Tequila Cocktail

  1. What a pretty color drink! I’ll always go for the tequila flavored drinks, so this one’s for me! And with grapefruit, rosemary and lime, it sounds pretty healthy too!

  2. I have recently discovered tequila and grapefruit juice together and I am in love! Such a great combo for spring and summer.

  3. This looks amazing! I love the color of the drink! Im not a big tequila fan but think I have to give this a try!

  4. I have a similar love/hate relationship with tequila but have been trying the different kinds and finding more of a friendship with it these days 🙂 This rosada is such a beautiful cocktail! Can’t wait to try this tequila-grapefruit combo with our warmer weather now.

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