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Paloma Cocktail

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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.

Paloma cocktail in a stemless wine glass with a bottle of tequila in the background.

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. Paloma cocktails are perfect to sip on during the warmer weather and are great for poolside!

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!

Overhead view of paloma in a glass on a marble cutting board.

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.

Two stemless wine glasses with paloma cocktail and garnished with slices of grapefruit.

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!

Can you substitute the tequila?

Yes, I’ve made this same drink with both Vodka and Gin. Both were delicious!

Pair these appetizers with your Paloma-

Blender Tomato Salsa

Taco Wonton Cups

Green Chili Cashew Queso

Feature image of 2 grapefruit cocktails.

Paloma Cocktail

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.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • 2 oz Tequila Blanco or Silver
  • 2 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • ½ Lime Squeezed
  • 1 tsp 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.



You can skip the tequila and have a refreshing mocktail!


Calories: 198kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 15mgPotassium: 128mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 21IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and depends on ingredients and amounts used. Thai Caliente makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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