Enjoy the perfect Paloma cocktail recipe, a refreshing tequila drink with fresh grapefruit, a light and citrusy easy-to-make summer favorite. Let's make it!
We're mixing up one of Patty's favorite cocktail recipes today, my friends. Care for a drink? It's called The Paloma, and I think you'll love it.
What is a Paloma?
A Paloma is a Mexican tequila cocktail known for it's citrusy flavors, particularly grapefruit. The name means "the dove" in Spanish.
It is sort of a cross between a margarita and a greyhound cocktail, a light and refreshing drink that's perfect for summer, though ready to be enjoyed all year long.
What You'll Love About This Cocktail
Our paloma recipe uses freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and fresh lime juice, topped with a few splashes of Topochico, a grapefruit flavored soda, though it's also great with Fresca or Squirt.
We add just a touch of agave for a welcomed dash of sweet, along with grapefruit bitters to pump up the citrus profile, though optional.
Come learn how to make a paloma.
The full ingredients list with measurements is listed in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Tequila. Tequila blanco is best. Patty loves blanco tequila.
- Fresh Grapefruit Juice.
- Fresh Lime Juice.
- Simple Syrup. We use agave nectar.
- Grapefruit Bitters. Optional, for an extra citrus blast.
- Soda Water. Or use Fresca, Squirt, or Topochico (our preference). Or simple sparkling water.
- Coarse Sea Salt. Or use an equal combination of salt and tajin for a spicy kick.
- Garnish. Grapefruit wedge or wheel, lime wedge or wheel, pinch of salt.
How to Make a Paloma - the Recipe Method
- Shake together the tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, simple syrup (agave), and grapefruit bitters (if using) in a shaker with ice.
- Rub a cocktail glass with a lime wedge then rim it with salt or salt and tajin. We love a tajin and salt rim.
- Strain the cocktail into the glass over ice and top with soda water.
Boom! Done! Your paloma cocktail is ready to serve. Don't forget the garnish! Easy enough to make, isn't it? It's so light and refreshing. You'll be enjoying this drink all year long.
Recipe Tips & Notes
- Shake the paloma ingredients a good 30 seconds to get a better infusion of flavor.
- As a variation, try a smoky mezcal paloma, which is how I enjoy mine.
That's it, my friends. I hope you enjoy this paloma drink, the perfect combination of tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda and juice. Leave a review below!
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Paloma Recipe (Paloma Cocktail)
- 2 ounces tequila blanco is best
- 2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
- ½ ounce fresh lime juice
- ¼ ounce simple syrup or use agave
- 2 dashes grapefruit bitters optional
- Soda water to top 1-2 ounces - or use Fresca, Squirt, or Topochico
- Coarse sea salt to rim the glass - or salt + tajin for a spicy version
- Add the tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and grapefruit bitters (if using) to a shaker with several cubes of ice. Shake well. Give it a good 30 seconds of shaking to really infuse the tequila.
- Rub a lime wedge around the top of a collins or other cocktail glass. Pour the salt (or salt + tajin) onto a small plate, then dip the glass into it to coat the rim. The lime juice will help the salt stick.
- Strain the liquid into the glass over ice.
- Top with soda water.
- Garnish with a grapefruit wheel or aromatic grapefruit peel.