Paloma Cocktail Recipe

This Paloma cocktail recipe makes a tart refreshing tequila based drink. It is one of Mexico’s best loved cocktails. If you are looking for an alternative to a Margarita this is a great place to use that bottle of tequila.

Paloma Cocktail

The Paloma is a simple mix of tequila and grapefruit soda served over ice in a tall glass. It is often served with a sugar rim and a wedge of lime or grapefruit.

I would recommend brewing up a batch of grapefruit soda for this drink. If that’s too much trouble see if you can track down Jarritos Grapefruit Soda. That is what you will typically find in a Paloma in Mexico. Barring that you the San Pellegrino Pompelmo is pretty tasty.

The other option is to use fresh grapefruit juice and to top the drink with soda water. There is no wrong way. Do what you wanna do.

This Paloma cocktail recipe also uses a little Mezcal to bump up the flavor of the white tequila. This works particularly well with the grapefruit. If you don’t have both, it’s not a big deal. Go with what you have.


Paloma Cocktail Recipe – Tart and Refreshing


  • 1.5 oz. Blanco Tequila
  • ½ oz. Mezcal
  • 1 oz. Grapefruit Soda
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice


  1. Pour tequila, mezcal and lime juice into a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Strain into salt-rimmed Collins filled with ice.
  4. Top with grapefruit soda,
  5. Serve with a straw and a lime wedge.

Try This

  • Make a lavender sugar for the rim. There is a surprising flavor connection between lavender and grapefruit.
  • Sprinkle a little brown sugar and cinnamon on the top. This complements both the flavor of the tequila and the grapefruit.
  • Black pepper is another interesting flavor to bring into the mix. Try a roasted black pepper and sugar rim for something spicier. Or, put some black pepper into the grapefruit soda when you brew it up.


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