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Easy Paloma Recipe

A Paloma is a tequila-based cocktail that is popular in Mexico and worldwide. It is a refreshing drink that is typically made with tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda. The drink is usually served over ice and garnished with a lime wedge. Some variations of the Paloma recipe use grapefruit juice and club soda instead of grapefruit soda. The drink can also be rimmed with salt or Tajin, a chili lime seasoning. The Paloma is a simple and easy-to-make cocktail that is perfect for any occasion

About this recipe

Time to switch gears and elevate your cocktail game with this vibrant Paloma recipe.

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Originating from Mexico, the Paloma is often hailed as the people’s cocktail. Its simplicity allows for the premium quality of its ingredients to shine through.

  • Origin: Mexico
  • Primary Flavors: Tangy, refreshing
  • Recipe Type: Cocktail

Why make this recipe?

  • Quick and Easy: Minutes to make, seconds to enjoy.
  • Summer Vibes: Like a beach vacation in a glass.
  • Quality Time: Ideal for family gatherings or happy hour.

What does Paloma taste like?

The taste is like sweet, tangy grapefruit and the effervescent sparkle of soda. It’s tart, it’s refreshing, and very summery tasting!

Equipment required for this recipe

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Cup
  • Stirrer


  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 2 oz soda
  • Ice cubes


  1. Chill: Pop your highball glass in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  2. Ice Up: Add ice cubes to the chilled glass.
  3. Pour Tequila: Unveil the soul of the cocktail.
  4. Squeeze Grapefruit: Add the grapefruit juice.
  5. A Squeeze of Lime: Pop in the lime juice.
  6. Fizz it Up: Top off with soda.
  7. Stir: Blend it all together.
  8. Sip: Your Paloma is ready to dazzle!

How to serve Paloma

  • Glassware: Always use a chilled highball glass.
  • Garnish: Grapefruit or lime wedge for that Instagrammable look.

What to serve Paloma with

  • Tacos al Pastor
  • Guacamole and chips
  • Ceviche

My recommendations and tips

  • Opt for fresh grapefruit juice over canned for the best flavor.
  • For a sweeter touch, you can add a splash of simple syrup.

Paloma storage ideas

  • Ingredients: Store them individually and make fresh.
  • Prepared: Best when enjoyed immediately.

Potential ingredients substitutes

  • Tequila: Mezcal for a smokier flavor.
  • Soda: Sparkling water for a milder fizz.

Nutritional Information


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can it be made non-alcoholic?
  • Yes, swap the tequila for a non-alcoholic substitute like seedlip.
  • Can I use lemon instead of lime?
  • Lime is traditional, but lemon works for a different twist.


This Paloma recipe captures the essence of what a good cocktail should be: simple, refreshing, and absolutely divine. Ideal for savoring during sunsets or when you just want to feel that tropical vibe. It’s a celebration in a glass. Cheers! 🍹

Other drinks that may appeal, include: Margarita, Frozen Margarita