Paloma Cocktail

This delicious & refreshing Paloma Cocktail is a blend of tequila, grapefruit juice, a little bit of squirt and a splash of lime. It’s the perfect drink for any occasion.

Two paloma drinks placed on a vintage tray.

Did you know that next to Margaritas, Palomas are one of the most popular drinks in Mexico?

This cocktail contains fresh juice, which usually dictates that the drink must be shaken, it is nonetheless often built in the glass in which it is served.

But shaking the drink and then straining it into an ice-filled highball works as well, and arguably leads to a better integrated cocktail. The best is still making them at home though. They’re so easy to mix!

A Paloma cocktail garnished with grapefruit and an orange flower.

Ingredients You’ll Need to Whip Up a Paloma Cocktail

Simple ingredients make such a delightful cocktail. Don’t skimp on the Tequila! A high quality silver goes a long way in flavor and smoothness. Here’s what you’ll need to make today’s drink (see recipe card for details):

  • Good quality tequila
  • Fresh grapefruit juice
  • Fresh lime wedge
  • Squirt soda – this ingredient will make it perfectly sweetened.
  • Lime or grapefruit wedges for garnishing

What kind of tequila works best?

For mixed drinks, Mr. Delish and I like to use a good tequila such Corralejo Reposado. We usually save the best ones for when we choose to sip tequila versus adding it to mixed drinks

Ingredients for this recipe placed on a vintage tray.

How to make a Paloma Cocktail

  1. Start by filling up a cocktail glass with crushed ice. All the way to the top!
  2. Then add the tequila, grapefruit juice and Squirt.
  3. Add one small squeeze of lime juice from one wedge.
  4. Stir well with a drink mixer and garnish with a lime or grapefruit wedge.
two glasses filled with an orange drink and garnished with slices of grapefruit.

Can you make a batch for a large crowd?

Yes! You can absolutely make this recipe for a large crowd! I’d recommend adjusting the serving size using our newest feature which you can find directly above the recipe, to help you accurately make enough for your party.

You can mix all ingredients in a jar and reserve until ready to use. Then at the last minute just serve over ice.

Salud amigos!

Paloma cocktail garnished with grapefruit and an orange flower.

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A Paloma cocktail garnished with grapefruit and an orange flower.

Paloma Cocktails | A Refreshing & Easy Recipe

Servings 1 glass
Ana Frias
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Palomas are a classic & popular Mexican cocktail that is very refreshing! For this version all you need is tequila, grapefruit juice, a little bit of Squirt soda and a splash of fresh lime juice.
1 glass

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 oz  tequila
  • 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 fresh lime wedge
  • 1.5 oz Squirt
  • 1 lime or grapefruit wedge for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Fill a cocktail glass with crushed ice
  • Add the tequila, grapefruit juice and Squirt soda
  • Add one small squeeze of lime from wedge
  • Stir well and garnish with a lime or grapefruit wedge

*Ana’s Notes:

To serve a large crowd just multiply the ingredients following the conversion option on the recipe card. Mix all ingredients in a jar and reserve until ready to use. Then at the last minute just serve over ice. 

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NUTRITION

Serving: 1glass | Sodium: 27mg | Sugar: 5g | Potassium: 1mg | Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g

The nutritional information and US conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data. If this is important to you, please verify with your favourite nutrition calculator and/or unit conversion tool.

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An orange drink garnished with grapefruit and an orange flower.

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11 Comments

  1. This recipe looks perfect, but what is Squirt? I love it because it other than the squirt it doesn’t have added sugar. Looks perfect.

    1. Hi Curryspace! Squirt is a soda pop which you’re right, it is sweet. Since the grapefruit is kind of tart, you do need to add some sweet to this drink. Plus the squirt makes it a little bubbly too. I hope you give it a try!

  2. 5 stars
    This paloma cocktail is so beautiful and delicious! It’s perfect for sipping around the pool with friends.

  3. 5 stars
    This cocktail is one of my favorites. I will be enjoying a few of these this weekend with family and friends.

  4. 5 stars
    My husband and I enjoyed this drink on a hot summer night, and we absolutely loved it! So refreshing and great after a long day. Definitely one of our new favorites and I can’t wait to make this for our gathering this weekend!

  5. 5 stars
    This refreshing Paloma cocktail was just what we needed to kick off the weekend. We’ll be making this again soon!