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The Paloma Cocktail Recipe

The Paloma Cocktail is a refreshing Mexican cocktail with grapefruit juice and tequila! Similar to a margarita but with a sweet tart twist of grapefruit.
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The Paloma is a tequila-based cocktail, prepared by mixing tequila with a grapefruit juice and served over ice with a lime or grapefruit wedge. The glass may be rimmed with salt or sugar – or in this recipe a combination of the two.

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  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 grapefruit
  • ¼ cup tequila
  • ¼ cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • ¼ cup club soda
  • grapefruit wedge for garnish


Sprinkle sugar and salt on a small plate, gently combine, cut grapefruit in half, rubbing outer edge of cocktail glass with grapefruit to wet, rub rim of glass in the sugar salt mixture.
In a cocktail shaker combine tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and simple syrup over ice. Shake to combine. Pour over ice into cocktail glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge. Makes one cocktail.
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25 Responses to The Paloma Cocktail Recipe

  1. Kristina May 20, 2015 at 2:09 PM #

    I am a big grapefruit fan, preferring tart to sweet in my cocktails – I will have to try this one soon – this weekend it will be sunny and warm, perfect for a refreshing cocktail like this – cheers!
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    • Krayl Funch May 20, 2015 at 2:59 PM #

      Kristina – it is perfect for a warm day! Let me know what you think!!

  2. Christine from Cook the Story May 20, 2015 at 12:31 PM #

    This cocktail sounds so refreshing.
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    • Krayl Funch May 20, 2015 at 1:05 PM #

      Thank you Christine! It is! And I am not usually a fan of tequila but here it totally works!

  3. Erica @ Coming Up Roses May 5, 2015 at 9:19 AM #

    This looks absolutely FABULOUS. I’m adding this to taco night tonight for one heckuvah Cinco de Mayo!

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  4. Kristin April 9, 2015 at 8:43 AM #

    Oh this sounds yummy! I’m not usually a big fan of grapefruit but I totally think I could handle this! Especially with the tequila!! What a great recipe! If you’re interested, I’m doing a link up today and every Thursday called Thursty Thursday. I would love it if you stopped by and linked this up!! Cheers!!
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    • Krayl Funch April 15, 2015 at 1:38 PM #

      Thursty Thursday sounds right up my alley! Heading over now! Thanks Kristin.

  5. Laura @MotherWouldKnow April 7, 2015 at 9:51 AM #

    I’ve been trying to up my cocktail game and this looks like the perfect way to begin! I love the combination of grapefruit and lime – so refreshing in the warmer months.
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    • Krayl Funch April 7, 2015 at 12:18 PM #

      It is SO easy and really tasty. And to be honest… I am not usually a Tequila fan and I REALLY liked this cocktail.

  6. Allison April 7, 2015 at 9:48 AM #

    Definitely will be trying this. I went to a wedding in Mexico last year and tried this – my mom loved them so would be great to get a recipe down that I can make for her! Love your videos too. That is something we want to start on our blog, so I love seeing other blogs with videos!

    • Krayl Funch April 7, 2015 at 6:04 PM #

      Allison – thank you for the kind words. I am working on doing more videos this year. At least one a week, I have progress each time!

  7. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life April 7, 2015 at 8:55 AM #

    This looks amazing…I’m definitely on board with making one of these. I’m ready to lounge by the pool with one of these. Too bad its still so cold here! 🙁 But I’m pinning because the warmer weather is going to be here soon!
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    • Krayl Funch April 7, 2015 at 6:05 PM #

      Oh -Michelle, sorry to say it’s still chilly where you are. You should have a batch, close your eyes, turn up the heat and pretend!

  8. Run DMT March 26, 2015 at 8:26 PM #

    This is just perfect for those warm spring days! Totally pinning this!
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  9. Janelle February 22, 2015 at 9:31 PM #

    WOOWEE!! NICE! I can totally feel this now.
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  10. Jenna @ A Savory Feast February 20, 2015 at 3:12 PM #

    I tried a Paloma cocktail at a restaurant recently and loved it! I have been wanting to try making drinks at home. When I move later this year I hope to set up a little home bar area. I’ll have to give this drink a try when I do!
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    • Krayl Funch February 24, 2015 at 1:21 PM #

      Jenna – I can’t wait to see your home bar!! You are going to love it!

  11. Lily February 20, 2015 at 12:24 PM #

    Oh man does that look tasty! Makes me miss summer!

    • Krayl Funch February 20, 2015 at 2:49 PM #

      Actually Citrus is at it’s peak in the winter…. and it’s 5:00 somewhere!

  12. Brenda February 20, 2015 at 12:21 PM #

    I’m usually a beer and wine kind of gal but this cocktail is so pretty and grapefruit is my favorite juice. Will have to give it a try – thanks for the recipe!
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    • Krayl Funch February 20, 2015 at 2:50 PM #

      Brenda – I am usually the same but I have to say this one is really tasty!!

  13. Beth Blacker February 20, 2015 at 10:08 AM #

    OH YES PLEASE!!!!! Looks delish…can’t wait to make it.
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  14. Christina Thomas February 20, 2015 at 6:50 AM #

    Great cocktail and a nice alternative to a margarita. I like your suggestion of rimming the glass with sugar and salt. I must try that! Cheers!
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    • Krayl Funch February 20, 2015 at 8:04 AM #

      Christina – I’m not usually a tequila drinker but the fresh grapefruit juice makes it so tasty I might become one!

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