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 Replies to “The Paloma Cocktail Recipe”

  1. 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!

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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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