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A paloma cocktail in a small glass with a grapefruit wedge on the rim.
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Paloma Cocktail

A little sweet, a little tart, and so refreshing! The Paloma Cocktail may just become your new favorite tequila drink.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 176kcal


  • coarse salt for rim
  • ½ Ruby Red grapefruit sliced into small wedges as needed (see note below)
  • 2 ounces fresh Ruby Red grapefruit juice from ½ grapefruit
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 ounces high quality 100% agave tequila blanco (silver tequila) like Patron, Don Julio, or Casamigos
  • 1 to 2 ounces sparkling mineral water or club soda I like Pellegrino or Topo Chico


  • Pour some coarse salt on a small plate. Rub a grapefruit wedge around the edge of a lowball or whiskey glass then dip it into salt and twist until well coated.
  • Add the grapefruit juice, lime juice, tequila, sugar and ice. Stir well to dissolve the sugar. Top off with sparkling water, as desired.
  • Garnish with a small slice or wedge of grapefruit.


I recommend using Ruby Red grapefruit which tends to be a bit sweeter and has a pretty pink tint. One half of a grapefruit will yield enough juice to make several cocktails. Slice the remaining half into wedges for garnishing.
Easy Paloma Recipe
If you want to make it a super easy version of the Paloma Cocktail, you can skip the grapefruit juice, sugar, and sparkling mineral water and instead use a grapefruit soda, like Squirt or Jarritos. Using sweetened canned soda will increase the calories and I prefer the fresh flavor of real grapefruit juice. But in a pinch, they’re still very good.


Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg