A fresh Paloma Cocktail is a refreshing delicious drink full of grapefruit juice and tequila! A great thirst quenching alternative to a margarita in any season.
If you love a fresh-style cocktail the Paloma cocktail if one you’ll love.
It’s a refreshing cocktail that’s easy and fast to prepare.
You’ll want to keep this Paloma cocktail recipe near by to take the heat out of the hottest of summer days.
Perfect for Cinco de Mayo celebrating too!
What is a Paloma Cocktail?
The Paloma cocktail is a kissing cousin to the margarita.
It is traditionally made with grapefruit soda making it slightly fizzy.
It is also fantastic made with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.
This recipe is made with freshly juiced grapefruit and lime, a bit of tequila and filled with sparkling Club Soda.
The cocktail is quenching and light; sure to become a favorite for you too!
- Grapefruit Juice
- Lime Juice
- Club Soda or Sparkling Water
Use Freshly Squeezed Juice
Though purchased juice can be used the flavor of freshly squeezed juice make a big difference in a cocktail.
PRO TIP: place any citrus fruit in the microwave for 10 seconds before juicing to yield more juice!
Grapefruit can be halved and hand squeezed. Or use a traditional glass or plastic juicer (also called a ‘reamer’).
To juice limes I recommend a hand held juicer to release the most juice.
- Halve the lime (width wise)
- Place half of the lime in the juice and squeeze.
- Flip the lime the opposite way and squeeze again.
What Type of Tequila to Use
I recommend Reposado tequila for the Paloma cocktail.
There are three main types of tequila:
Blanco (White) or Silver: these tequilas have not been aged and are usually less than 3 months old.
Reposado: this type of tequila has been ‘rested’. It has spent at least 2 months in an oak barrel making it smoother to drink with more developed flavors.
Anejo: has been aged at least 1 year in the same oak barrel.
Reposado tequila creates a well-balanced flavor profile for the cocktail and is smoother to drink.
This makes for a more enjoyable cocktail.
If grapefruit soda is available, that can be swapped in to replace the combined amount of grapefruit juice and Club Soda.
Want a Sweeter Cocktail?
Citrus fruit can vary in sweetness. If the grapefruit juice is too tart, add a bit of agave nectar or simple syrup to sweeten it up if desired.
More Cocktail Recipes You’ll Love!
- Freestyle Margaritas (made with muddled fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs)
- Watermelon Margaritas + homemade Watermelon-Infused Tequila
- Smoky Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita
- Grapefruit Margarita
- Blood Orange Ginger Margarita
Fresh Paloma Cocktail
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed Grapefruit Juice
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed Lime Juice
- 1 1/2 ounce Reposado Tequila
- Club Soda to fill
- Optional: Agave Nectar to sweeten if desired
- Garnish: small grapefruit wedge
- In a shaker with ice combine the grapefruit juice, lime juice and tequila. Shake vigorous and strain into a high ball glass filled with fresh ice.
- Fill with Club Soda and garnish.
Originally published: April 30, 2014
Karen @ Seasonal Cravings says
Grapefruit and tequila are two of my most favorite things so this may be the best combo ever!! Can’t wait to treat myself to this!
You know summer is around the corner when you are met with a tall glass of paloma cocktail. I will take 2 glasses please!!
Danielle Wolter says
I love anything with grapefruit juice. This is the perfect drink for the upcoming heat!
Sandhya's Kitchen says
Omg.. this looks so good. I would love to have a paloma cocktail on a bright sunny day, chilling out in my garden.
This is how I make paloma cocktails as well, I much prefer the fresh fruit (and less sweet) – perfect easy cocktail.
Now that’s a drink I would love to have on a weekend!
This cocktail looks perfect! I love the citrus juices in it, makes it so fresh.
Mmmm…I love grapefruit flavor of all kinds.
Shadi Hasanzadenemati says
This is absolutely delicious! I love that it’s such a crowd pleaser for the whole family
Emily Liao says
This cocktail was the perfect way to start my weekend! I also had oranges too so I squeezed some in with the grapefruit for extra citrus flavors.