A Paloma is a Mexican cocktail made with fresh grapefruit juice and tequila. It's refreshingly tart, low in sugar, and packs in vitamin C.
I was planning on calling this a Grapefruit Margarita, which essentially it is, but I learned that it's also known as a Paloma cocktail.
It's kinda funny that this is the first cocktail recipe I've ever posted! I use to never really like tequila, which I blame on bottom shelf tequila shots.
But now I enjoy sipping on cocktails and exploring different flavor profiles. So I gave tequila another chance and surprisingly enjoy it now!
How to Make a Paloma
What I like best about this recipe is that it's easy, and only requires 1 type of liquor. Most margarita recipes use cointreau or triple sec which have an orange flavor to them.
The Tequila- This is so important. Use a good quality Blanco or Silver Tequila. I found an affordable one at Trader Joe's. If you want a good drink, start with a good tequila.
Grapefruit Juice- Fresh squeezed Grapefruit juice should be your first option. I realize that grapefruits are not in season all year. In Mexico, they also make a paloma with Squirt, a grapefruit soda. I personally don't like it, but another option to try!
Lime Juice- It might seem a little redundant to add lime juice but if you don't love the taste of tequila, lime juice helps cut through the bitterness.
Agave Syrup- I like using agave syrup because it mixes easily and pairs well with tequila (agave). Another alternative is a simple syrup, which is mixing equal parts of sugar and water and boil till it dissolves.
Shaken or stirred? I don't have a shaker, so I just get a metal straw and give it a good stir. But if you have a shaker then you can shake everything above together.
Soda Water- I love bubbly drinks, topping off the paloma with sparkling water or club soda provides that refreshing carbonation.
Sugar or Salt Rim? I left my drinks naked, but feel free to give the drinks either a sugar, salt, or combo rim!
Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and Enjoy!
Can you make a Paloma without alcohol?
Yes! This drink is so refreshing for the the warmer months and tastes delicious without the tequila. Grapefruit supplies good vitamin C and turns bland water into a citrus flavored drink!
Watch how to make the drink here:
Pair these appetizers with your Paloma-
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- 2 oz Tequila Blanco or Silver
- 2 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
- ½ Lime Squeezed
- 1 teaspoon Agave Syrup Can Substitute Simple Syrup
- 1 cup Ice
- Sparkling Water or Club Soda To top off drink
- Add Tequila, Grapefruit juice, lime juice, and agave into a glass and stir or shake well. Add ice and top with sparkling water or club soda.