Paloma Cocktail

The Paloma CocktailWho’s ready for a cocktail? I discovered a refreshing cocktail last year, and it is a delight! It’s called a Paloma Cocktail and it’s said to be the most popular tequila drink in Mexico (the margarita is apparently the most popular tequila drink in the U.S.). This drink is vibrant and refreshing, and doubles up on citrus flavors.

Try a Paloma CocktailAdd grapefruit soda and lime juice to this tequila-based drink and enjoy. It’s pretty straightforward. Some people make it with grapefruit juice and club soda, but I made this recipe using a Mexican soda called Jarritos. It’s pretty common in Phoenix, but if you can’t find it, any grapefruit soda works well.

I’ve noticed the Paloma Cocktail showing up in more and more bars and restaurants lately, and I for that, I’m thrilled. Since it has already reached 100 degrees here in Phoenix, I’m going to make cocktail hour all about this refreshing drink!

The Paloma Cocktail delights!You don’t have to wait for 100-degree temperatures to enjoy a Paloma Cocktail. My husband surprised me with one a few times this spring, and we even made them for the family in Ohio over the Easter holiday (they loved it, too). Try something different this summer and make your very own Paloma Cocktail.

Recipe for Paloma Cocktail
Yields 1, 12-ounce drink


  • 2 ounces blanco or silver tequila
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • Grapefruit soda (I used Jarritos brand)
  • Ice
  • Lime or grapefruit wedges or twists for garnish
  • 1/8 cup salt or sugar to rim your glass


  1. Place the salt or sugar in a shallow bowl.
  2. Dip the rim of your glass in water, then dip it into the sugar or salt, turning it so the salt or sugar coats the rim.
  3. Fill your glass with ice.
  4. Add the tequila and lime juice to the glass, and top it off with the grapefruit soda.
  5. Garnish and serve.
Recipe for Paloma Cocktail
Yields 1, 12-ounce drink



  1. says

    I could really go for that right now. That looks like something to have while bathing in the sun beside the pool…and though I don’t have one I would pretend if I have this drink in hand. :)

  2. says

    I had my first Paloma a couple of summers ago and was both surprised that it is the favorite of Mexicans and even more that it is not so well known here. LOVED it. It’s pretty, has tequila and some salt but it is so not a margarita! I like to blend half salt and half sugar to rim my Margaritas and Palomas…try it you might get addicted too.


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