So…the inspiration for this drink is kind of a funny story. I won’t lie to you – this recipe is basically just a virgin Paloma. The reason for this? I once watched a guy taste his girlfriend’s Paloma at a bar and say it tasted like, “sweet nothing.” CRAZY RIGHT!? While I don’t agree with his description, I thought it appropriate that this Taylor Swift “Sweet Nothing” Mocktail memorialize his statement. The takeaway? Grapefruit-lime is a great combination and men don’t have taste.
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Taylor Swift “Sweet Nothing” Mocktail Ingredients
- Lime Juice: Do yourself a favor and use FRESH lime juice. I know squeezing them can be a pain but trust me. The taste is so much fresher and you’ll be able to garnish with leftover slices.
- Simple Syrup: Simple syrup is our sweetener of choice for this mocktail. Basically it is a SIMPLE combination of sugar and water combined over heat. Directions in recipe card.
- Grapefruit Juice: If you are feeling super motivated you can totally squeeze your own but I wouldn’t worry about doing this. Furthermore, lots of stores sell fresh 100% grapefruit juice by the quart and it’s pretty inexpensive.
- Sparkling Water: Any unsweetened sparkling or soda water will work here. You get extra points if you can find lime flavored!
Tips For Making this Mocktail
- The best thing you can do for yourself is make the simple syrup in advance. It is super easy and quick to make but it takes a little while to chill. It’s always super nice to have it cold and ready to go whenever the cocktail/mocktail craving strikes. Make it, seal it, store it. You won’t regret it.
- The quality of the ice you are using can really make or break a mocktail. Invest in a fancy ice cube tray or use freshly crushed ice when preparing this recipe.
- When picking your limes at the store (or off the tree!) look for good sized fruit that has a little bit of give when squeezed. This further indicates juiciness and you will likely get more bang for your buck.
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Taylor Swift “Sweet Nothing” Mocktail
Mocktail inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Sweet Nothing.” Based on the Paloma, this drink is light, refreshing and full of grapefruit-lime flavor.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 1 Mocktail 1x
- Category: Beverages
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
For the Mocktail
juice of half a lime
1/2 oz simple syrup*
1/2 c grapefruit juice
sparkling water to top
For the Simple Syrup
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c water
- Simple Syrup: Begin by making the simple syrup. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan on the stove and heat over medium until the sugar is completely dissolved and the water looks clear. Remove from heat. Let syrup cool in the pan for 15 minutes before transferring to a sealable container like a jar. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour before using. It’s a good idea to do this in advance to save time.
- Prepare the Mocktail: To make the mocktail, fill a cocktail glass to the top with ice. Squeeze in the juice of half a lime and pour in the simple syrup. Add in the grapefruit juice and top glass with sparkling water. Serve immediately.
*Simple syrup is super easy to make! If you have any leftover after making your mocktails save it in a glass jar or another airtight container in the fridge. It will last for up to 1 month. It’s a great idea to make this syrup in advance.
*I always think it’s super fun to rim the glass in sugar and it looks really cute! Sprinkle about 2 tbsp of sugar onto a plate. Rub a lime around the rim of your glass and then turn it over into the sugar to coat.
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