During my week of Paloma exploration I wasn’t able to find any Jarritos Toronja, which, to put it simply, is the Mexican version of Squirt. It’s been bugging me since then so I redoubled my search efforts and found that a local Mexican bakery carries it. I picked up a few bottles and knew experimentation would ensue. Most reviews you see build up, give you all the supporting material, then summarize. Well we live in a time of instant gratification so for you info junkies I’m going backwards on this one.
The verdict? I’ll be sticking with Squirt.
I found the Jarritos Toronja to be very good. I think it has a more authentically grapefruit flavor than Squirt does, but it also had some down sides. Jarritos is sweeter than Squirt, as is evidenced by its increased calories 110 per 8 oz vs 92 for Squirt. Jarritos is also not as sour, which I really look for in a Paloma. Certainly you can fix it with some additional lime juice but you end up with a drink that’s more lime than grapefruit. So, in the end both are really great options, but I prefer the Squirt.