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Paloma Cocktail

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Posted: 05/22/21

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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. Wherever you may roam this summer, this crisp, grapefruit flavored, low-calorie Paloma Cocktail easy to make and quenches summertime thirst like no other!

two glasses of Paloma cocktail with crushed ice and grapefruit

An all-time favorite in Mexico, a Paloma Cocktail is like a bubbly margarita! So if you’re needing a break from the traditional margarita or you want to experiment more with tequila drinks, this fabulous Paloma recipe is just the cocktail to try this summer. Mimosa Margaritas are a fun twist too!

two glasses of paloma cocktail with crushed ice and grapefruit

Paloma Recipe

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
  • Lime juice
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Sparkling grapefruit juice

Depending on how sweet you like it, you can use grapefruit soda like Fresca or Squirt in place of the sparkling water. But for this gloriously gorgeous cocktail I 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. Looking for more grapefruit flavored cocktails? Try this Grapefruit Champagne Cocktail or Skinny Grapefruit Margarita, a low-calorie favorite.

two glasses of paloma cocktail poured from a pitcher with crushed ice and grapefruit

How to Make a Paloma

No fancy bar tools needed to whip up a Paloma for yourself and a friend! To make this recipe the perfect combination of sweet and tart, start with a couple of ounces of mezcal or silver tequila. Add that to a glass with one ounce of lime juice along with a couple of ounces of grapefruit juice (either fresh squeezed or from a can). Finally, add your choice of Squirt, Diet Squirt, La Croix or just plain sparkling water.

Mix to combine, then pour in a tall glass full of crushed ice.

Your Paloma can be as strong or as weak as you want it to be, depending on how much soda you add. But no matter what, this fruity, fizzy drink goes down smooth and is simple to whip up anytime! Enjoy!

How to Serve

Crushed ice helps keep this fabulous cocktail cold and frosty. A lime wedge makes the perfect garnish and can add a little extra citrus kick depending on your preferences.

making a glass of Paloma cocktail with crushed ice and grapefruit

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two glasses of paloma cocktail with crushed ice and grapefruit
two glasses of Paloma cocktail with crushed ice and grapefruit
5 from 1 vote

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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