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  • Drink: Paloma

  • Writer: Alice

  • Content-Type: Food Blog

We all enjoy a nice margarita, but in my opinion, this Paloma cocktail is equally as tasty! It has a sweet, tangy, and refreshing flavor and is made with lime and grapefruit juice.

We made this Paloma recipe at home last weekend thanks to the springtime sunshine. Even though our “scene” with just the two of us was different little from the Hula Hut days, we still enjoyed making our beverages together.

In fact, we’re eager to prepare this Paloma recipe once more the following day. It’s pretty easy to make and a welcome change from typical tequila beverages (looking at you, margarita). I hope you give it a shot if you’re looking for a good weekend start!


Paloma Ingredients
Drink: Paloma Ingredients
Source: Preppy Kitchen

Tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda make up a typical Paloma cocktail. My recipe is a more modern take on this time-honored pairing. Here is what’s included:

  • Tequila: For this recipe, any Blanco tequila of high quality will do. Use your preferred brand if you prefer, however, we prefer this one.
  • Grapefruit juice and club soda: I use grapefruit juice and sparkling water for the typical grapefruit soda. Use freshly squeezed grapefruit juice for the finest flavor!
  • Lime juice: This drink’s wonderfully tangy flavor is enhanced by lime juice and grapefruit juice.
  • Agave nectar or simple syrup: Because I don’t use soda in this recipe, I add agave nectar or simple syrup to counteract the tartness of the grapefruit and lime. Simple syrup or agave nectar is called for in tiny amounts, but feel free to add more to taste.
  • Salt: For the rim of your glass, use salt! Although kosher salt will also work here, I prefer to use coarse sea salt.
  • Ice: Paloma cocktails are usually better served over ice!

The rim of a highball or margarita glass should be salted and rubbed with a grapefruit slice.

Add the tequila, sparkling water, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and sugar to the glass, mix to incorporate, and then top with ice to fill it up. Add sugar to taste, then top with a lime or grapefruit wedge for decoration. Enjoy!


  • Sense and adjust. Every time you make a cocktail at home, taste it and make adjustments until you find a flavor combination you like. Add more agave or simple syrup if you want your Palomas sweeter. Add additional lime juice for greater tartness. Enjoy creating it however you like!
  • If it’s too powerful, let the ice start melting. If your Paloma tastes overpowering when you first taste it, let it sit at room temperature for a little. The beverage will become diluted as the ice melts. Top up your glass with more sparkling water if it’s still too stiff for you.
  • Make a change! Although I adore this recipe exactly as written, mezcal also makes it much better. If you give this variation a try, you might wish to add more sweetener to the taste in order to counteract the smokey flavor. Additionally wonderful with some heat is this Paloma cocktail! Add a few jalapeno slices to the tequila to make it fiery, and then wait for it to settle at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before mixing your drink.


For Cinco de Mayo, happy hour, or whenever you want a lively drink, try this simple recipe for a Paloma! Following the initial mixing, taste it and make any necessary adjustments to achieve the perfect flavor harmony in your cocktail.

Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Serves: 1


  • 2 ounces tequila, fresh grapefruit juiceplus wedges for garnish and sparkling water
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce agave nectar or simple syrupor to taste
  • Coarse sea saltfor the rim of the glasses
  • Ice


Drink: Paloma
Source: Preppy Kitchen
  1. By rubbing a grapefruit slice along the rim of the glass and dipping it into a small plate of salt, you can salt it.
  2. Tequila, sparkling water, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and agave nectar should all be combined in the glass. Ice should be added to the glass’s remaining space. to taste, adjust sweetness. Slice of grapefruit for the garnish.