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The Best Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Congratulations – you’ve landed on the Best Paloma Cocktail Recipe. With just 5 ingredients, this easy and refreshing Paloma recipe is about to become your next go-to cocktail. 

paloma cocktail in glass with lime

Sparkly Paloma Drink

Hot summer months beg for refreshing drinks and backyard cookouts.  Flip flops on feet + cocktail in hand = Power Couple 💞

When hosting casual outdoor gatherings, easy yet delicious cocktails are a staple. Usually there’s Big Batch Pineapple Margaritas or 3-Ingredient Lemonade Margaritas on the ready. For a delightful change of pace, add this sparkly Paloma Cocktail to the drink menu. (Fun fact: paloma is known as Mexico’s most popular cocktail…now we know why.)

On the food front, we love serving up these super-easy Hawaiian Grilled Steak Tacos that are 100% crowd-pleaser. Anything that can be marinated ahead of time and allows you to sit back and enjoy the party is a big YES.

This Paloma cocktail can also be prepared ahead of time. It’s is a supremely refreshing combination of citrus sweetness, a bit of lime tartness, and cheerful sparkly-ness. Not to mention, it looks gorgeous.

paloma drinks with grapefruit

How to make the best paloma cocktail

For the best ever Paloma recipe, get your hands on the freshest ingredients.

For starters, use freshly squeezed grapefruit juice from the sweetest and most ripe grapefruits you can find. Freshly squeezed juice is by far the best tasting, most rewarding way to go. A simple, budget-friendly citrus juicer makes this task extremely easy.

If absolutely necessary, bottled 100% grapefruit juice can be used…but you’ll definitely be able to tell the difference between freshly squeezed and bottled. Some recipes make use of grapefruit soda or orange juice, but we’ve found that pure fresh grapefruit juice offers unparalleled flavor.

Freshly squeezed lime juice is next. That hand held juice squeezer will come in handy once again.

Lastly, a nice quality tequila will work wonders for your Paloma recipe.  Be sure it’s a good Blanco (silver) tequila, as that is the standard for Paloma cocktails.

Because there are so few ingredients in a great Paloma recipe, every ingredient counts: freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed lime juice, and a great Blanco tequila.

grapefruit paloma in stemless glasses

When ready to serve, simply top off with some sparkly club soda and garnish as you wish.Don those flip flops, savor those tacos, and happy cheers-ing 🥂

grapefruit paloma

The Best Paloma Cocktail Recipe

5 from 13 reviews

Congratulations – you’ve landed on the Best Paloma Cocktail Recipe. With just 5 ingredients, this easy and refreshing Paloma recipe is about to become your next go-to cocktail.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins

Yield: 4


  • 1 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 TB simple syrup*
  • 1 cup good quality blanco (silver) tequila
  • 1 cup club soda
  • Optional Garnishes: kosher salt, grapefruit slices, lime slices


  1. In a small pourable container, combine the fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and tequila. Stir to incorporate well. Keep chilled until ready to serve.
  2. When ready to serve: fill 4 glasses with desired amount of ice. Divide Paloma cocktail into the glasses. Top off with club soda and garnish as desired. Serve immediately.


*Make-Ahead Simple Syrup: Bring 1 part water and 1 part granulated sugar to a low boil, stirring until fully dissolved. Immediately remove from heat and let fully cool before using. Keep a jar of simple syrup in the fridge to use any time.
*Alternatively, you can use lemon-lime soda in lieu of the simple syrup and club soda.
*If you want salt-rimmed glasses, pour kosher salt into a small plate. Moisten rims of glasses with water, lime juice, or grapefruit juice. Dip rims into plate of kosher salt before filling with Paloma.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 32
  • Sugar: 5.2 g
  • Sodium: 7 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.2 g
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: paloma cocktail, grapefruit paloma, paloma recipe

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    • Emily

    This is one of my fave cocktails! I made this grapefruit paloma cocktail with grapefruit from my neighbor and it was delicious!

      • chewoutloud

      Awesome, Emily 🙂

    • Lesli Schwartz

    I love grapefruit drinks! Not a big tequila fan, but I would substitute with vodka. This cocktail looks so refreshing!

    • Beth

    This looks and sounds so refreshing, with that beautiful color – no wonder it’s so popular!

    • Sarah James

    You had me at Tequila! I love the sound of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and lime juice, perfect for a summer’s evening cocktail.

    • Sondra Barker

    Making this for friends tonight for sure! I’m super excited to try it they sound amazing

    • Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Sign me up!!! This is such a great version of paloma. The flavors and proportions worked perfectly together. So tasty.

    • Kushigalu

    Just 5 ingredients to prepare this gorgeous and refreshing drink. I Cant wait to try this out.

    • Stine Mari

    Paloma is one of my favorite cocktails, although I have never made it myself. Once I get my hands on some grapefruits I WILL make this recipe and I know I will love it!

    • Marta

    I’m a huge fan of paloma cocktails and today is national tequila day so this is right on time!

    • Taleen | Just As Tasty

    This cocktail looks SO refreshing and delicious, and perfect for summer! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Maria

    This is such a gorgeous drink and I love the flavor. Such a refreshing drink especially in this summer heat.

    • Ozzy

    What is the proportion for the ingredients? I do not see the actual recipe anywhere in the post.

      • chewoutloud

      Fixed the glitch. Thanks, Ozzy!

    • Chelsea

    Looks like you forgot to post the amount of each ingredient. Looks yummy, but have no idea what the proportions should be.

      • chewoutloud

      Should be visible now; thanks, Chelsea!

    • Fiona Crystal

    The cocktail looks amazing. I would love to try this out because the recipe is so easy

    • Khushboo Motihar (@kbmotihar)

    I always order The Paloma cocktail when I am out with friends. The recipe looks easy enough and would love to try it at home 🙂

    • Leslie Hernandez

    Oh man I sure needed one of these drinks today it was so hot!! These look so good and refreshing 🙂 I am definitely going to try and make it 🙂

    • blogthirtyminusone

    These cocktails look amazing. And as the weather starts to warm up I am all about refreshing cocktails. So I am pining this for later.

    • tanviidotcom

    It looks so refreshing and perfect for the summer warm weather.


    • Chastity

    This is perfect for this weekend what a cocktail. I agree the freshness of the grapefruit is key makes a huge difference. And the tequila brand has to be smooth. Sounds so tasty, cheers!!

    • Carol Cassara

    We love having friends over when we’re not traveling and I think this cocktail recipe is perfect for entertaining especially during the summer! It looks so good and it’s definitely refreshing!

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