The Paloma Cocktail is an easy and refreshing grapefruit tequila cocktail! Make it with fresh grapefruit juice or grapefruit soda, tequila and lime juice!
While reading about margaritas (yes, I spend my time reading about margaritas) I stumbled upon a Paloma Drink. It was similar to a margarita with tequila and lime juice, but instead of orange liqueur, it used grapefruit.
The first thing you notice when researching the Paloma is that there are two options. One is to use fresh grapefruit juice and club soda, the other is to use a grapefruit flavored soda, like Fresca or Jarritos.
While I had no doubt that the fresh grapefruit juice/club soda would be amazing, I was also intrigued by those bottles of Jarritos soda that I see in the International Aisle of the grocery store.
I also happened to have some Giffard Créme de Pamplemousse - a pink grapefruit liqueur that I bought because it sounded yummy and was a pretty pink color (yes I will buy a liqueur if it's a pretty pink color.) This is totally optional, so don't feel like you have to run out and buy some - though it is delicious!
Jarritos Grapefruit Soda - can substitute Fresca, Squirt or grapefruit juice with club soda.
Tequila - could also use a Mezcal if you wanted a more smokey flavor.
Giffard Pamplemousse - grapefruit liqueur - totally optional!
Lime - for juice and garnishing.
Grapefruit - I used it for garnish, since I didn't use fresh grapefruit juice.
Step by step making a Paloma drink
Rim the glass with salt - this is totally optional. I decided to just rim half of the glass. To do that I rubbed a lime wedge on half of the glass and then dipped it into salt. You can use Kosher salt, I like Himalayan pink salt.
Since this cocktail is built in glass, fill a glass with ice cubes.
Add 1 1/2 ounces of tequila to the glass.
Optional - add 1/4 ounce of grapefruit liqueur.
Pour in 1/4 ounce of fresh lime juice.
Stir briefly to combine.
Add a lime wheel for garnish.
Top with the grapefruit soda.
Garnish with a grapefruit wedge!
Such an easy and refreshing cocktail. While I don't think it will take the place of my beloved margaritas, it is definitely fun for a change of pace. When we bought the grapefruit soda, we also bought a couple of other flavors - so we'll give them a try.
This would be a fun cocktail for a party. Mix up the tequila and lime juice and then people can just pour some of that in their glass and top with the soda. A sort of mix your own cocktail. They could make it as strong as they like.
More tequila cocktails for you to try:
Mango Margarita - such a pretty color and so delicious.
Spicy Jalapeño Blackberry Margarita - a blog favorite!
Watermelon Infused Tequila - a must make this summer.
Pineapple Jalapeño Tequila - I don't have to tell you that this makes amazing cocktails!
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- 1 1/2 ounces tequila
- 1/4 ounce grapefruit liqueur optional
- 1/4 ounce lime juice
- 4 ounces grapefruit soda
- lime wedge for garnish
- grapefruit wedge for garnish
- kosher salt optional, for rim
- If salting the rim, rub a lime wedge around the rim of the glass and dip in salt.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Add tequila, grapefruit liqueur and lime juice. Stir briefly.
- Add lime wheel and top with grapefruit soda.
- Add grapefruit wedge for garnish.