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Paloma Cocktail

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Posted: 06/08/23

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The Paloma is a tequila-based cocktail that checks ALL the boxes: light, refreshing, fizzy, slightly sweet, AND tart, making it a drink that you can feel great about and really enjoy. No matter the season, this crisp, grapefruit-flavored, low-calorie Paloma Cocktail is easy to make and quenches thirst like no other!

two glasses of Paloma cocktail with crushed ice and grapefruit

The Paloma cocktail is like a bubbly margarita. If you’re needing a break from the traditional Margarita or you want to experiment more with tequila drinks, this perfect Paloma recipe is just the cocktail to try. 

two glasses of paloma cocktail with crushed ice and grapefruit

Paloma Ingredients

The two main ingredients in a traditional Paloma recipe are tequila and grapefruit, yet the sky’s the limit to the variations! The ingredients needed are:

  • Silver tequila: Use a good quality silver tequila that is 100% agave for the best and freshest flavor. You could also use Mezcal for a smoky flavor.
  • Lime juice: Freshly squeezed is best if you have it, but using bottled lime juice will still give you a delicious paloma.
  • Grapefruit juice: All citrus juices are best when they come right from the fruit, but if you are short on time or grapefruits are not in season, canned grapefruit juice will work in his recipe. Look for a can labeled 100% grapefruit juice.
  • Sparkling grapefruit juice: I love to use Jarritos for Palomas. Depending on how sweet you like it, you can use grapefruit soda like Fresca or Squirt in place of sparkling water. I’ve also mixed in a little La Croix’s grapefruit sparkling water. It kept the grapefruit flavor front and center while slicing out several of those pesky calories. 
making a glass of Paloma cocktail with crushed ice and grapefruit

How to Make a Paloma

No cocktail shaker or fancy bar tools are needed to whip up a Paloma drink for yourself and a friend! Below is an overview of how to make a Paloma. For the full recipe including all of the measurements, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Add tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit juice to a glass with ice.
  • Top with your choice of grapefruit soda or just plain sparkling water.
  • Stir to combine, then pour into a tall glass full of crushed ice.

How to Serve

Crushed ice helps keep this fabulous cocktail cold and frosty. A grapefruit or lime wedge makes the perfect garnish and can add a little extra citrus kick depending on your preferences. You can also rim your glass with salt before mixing up the cocktail.

two glasses of paloma cocktail with crushed ice and grapefruit

Other Tequila Drinks

The first drink that comes to mind when you think of tequila may be a classic margarita, but we have many other tequila cocktail recipes and margarita variations that are outstanding!

If you try this Paloma drink recipe or any of our other cocktails, leave a comment and tell us what you think!

two glasses of Paloma cocktail with crushed ice and grapefruit
5 from 12 votes

Paloma Cocktail

Serves: 1 cocktail
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 3 minutes
Total: 3 minutes
This crisp, grapefruit flavored, low-calorie Paloma Cocktail is easy to make and quenches summertime thirst like no other!

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 3 ounces sparkling grapefruit juice (see note)

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients and strain into a glass full of crushed ice.

Notes

I used La Croix’s Sparkling Pamplemousse sparkling water for a great no-calorie grapefruit flavor. You could definitely replace this with Squirt or Diet Squirt, which is a grapefruit soda, for a slightly sweeter drink.
Course: Drinks
two glasses of Paloma cocktail with crushed ice and grapefruit

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Lisa Longley has been creating great recipes for more than a decade. While it is too hard for her to pick her favorite cocktail, she is known to love our dirty martini.

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  1. Shawn Marsteller says

    5 stars
    Great drink, actually very similar to a margarita!!

  2. Sarah W says

    5 stars
    My favorite of all time! Excellent cocktail using lower calorie options. It’s especially hydrating and refreshing on a hot day.

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