Paloma: Fresh Grapefruit + Tequila Cocktail

Fresh grapefruit juice, tequila + some fizz: sounds like a good time!

This Paloma recipe is made with fresh grapefruit juice, tequila & club soda. I suggest making it with a relaxed attitude too – but that’s up to you.

how to make a paloma cocktailSomehow the rest of the world has gotten it wrong – it’s the Paloma, not the Margarita, that tops Mexico’s tequila-based cocktail list. (Make no mistake, I’m Team Margarita too. I’m just saying we’ve got the tequila pecking order backwards.)

You can make it with grapefruit-flavored soda like many of the folks in Mexico do, but you’ll want to make sure the soda is made with real grapefruit and real sugar.

Either way, once you try this refreshing authentic cocktail, you may lose the desire to waste away in Margaritaville. At least on Paloma day, anyway.

You’ll still want to find your lost shaker of salt, though. You need it for the rim.


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This refreshing Paloma recipe is made with fresh grapefruit juice, tequila & club soda. Good times optional, but encouraged.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: alcohol recipes, cocktail recipes, tequila
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: K.C. Cornwell


  • Kosher salt
  • 1 Grapefruit wedge
  • 2 parts tequila or mescal
  • 3 parts fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 part simple syrup sugar syrup
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • Club soda
  • Ice


  • Pour some Kosher salt on a small plate. Rub the rim of a highball glass with the grapefruit wedge and then dip it in the salt. Combine the tequila, grapefruit juice, simple syrup and a squeeze of lime juice in the glass and stir. Fill with ice, and top with club soda. Garnish with the grapefruit wedge.



photos by Katie Roletto


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