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Paloma Cocktail Recipe

This simple paloma cocktail recipe relies on two key ingredients: Tequila and grapefruit flavored soda. With a dash of lime, and a few quick tricks, you can have a refreshing cocktail in minutes!  

Paloma Cocktail with grapefruit and lime slice

Tequila is my liquor. It is always the one I reach for when making a cocktail. 

If you are anything like me, you will know that the bold flavor pairs unbelievably well with citrus flavors. Hence this recipe. My husband had a friend mention how dearly he loved a good paloma. One quick search on the internet led me to the incredibly easy tequila cocktail, and I will never look back. 

All you need are a few basic ingredients and five minutes of your time. 

grapefruit soda

Paloma Cocktail Ingredients:

To make this easy mixed drink you will need the following:

  • Tequila- We prefer silver tequila like Jose Cuervo Blue Agave but any tequila will do. This is just a personal preference and what we find pairs best. 
  • Lime Juice- A fresh squeezed lime gives this the perfect citrus kick it needs and pairs beautifully with the grapefruit. 
  • Grapefruit soda- I have tried a few different brands and find that Izzie, Fresca, and Squirt are all delicious. 
  • Ice- Optional, but great when you like a nice chilled drink.

Best soda to mix with tequila:

What soda mixes well with tequila? Well, this is a tricky question. It is mostly based off of personal preference. Below are a few of our favorites. Add a squeeze of lime and top things off with any of the following for a fizzy cocktail that tastes delicious. 

  • Club soda
  • Seltzer 
  • Ginger ale  
  • Ginger beer
  • Grapefruit Soda, or any other fruity drink
lime squeezed into glass

How to make paloma cocktail recipe:

  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Add a good squeeze of lime juice, about half an ounce, and 2 oz of tequila. 
  3. Top with chilled grapefruit soda. 

Easy as pie, right? You really cannot go wrong with this drink. It is quick, easy, and refreshing. 

Tequila pouring into glass

What is the best tequila for a paloma? 

My brother swears by Milagro Silver while I live by Jose Cuervo. The common factor? Silver tequila is best. Here are a few brands you can try:

  • Milagro Silver
  • Jose Cuervo Blue Agave
  • Chamucos Blanco Tequila
  • Don Julio Blanco
  • Avion Silver
soda poured into glass

Large Batch Paloma Cocktail Recipe:

Want to make this recipe for a crowd? Create pitcher palomas with this easy recipe.

  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3/4 cups tequila
  • 3 cups grapefruit soda
  • ice
  1. Fill a pitcher with ice
  2. Pour the lime juice and tequila. Gently stir.
  3. Top with grapefruit soda. 
  4. Add lime and grapefruit slices as desired. 

Tips for this recipe:

  • Do NOT use a cocktail shaker. The carbonation in the soda will cause this to explode into a giant mess. 
  • Line the rim of your glass with salt for added flavor. 
  • One lime is usually enough for two drinks. 
  • We use short glasses for our cocktails. For a more sweet flavor use a tall glass and more soda. 
  • Can’t find grapefruit soda? You can add fresh grapefruit juice and club soda in its place. 

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Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1 serving or 1 pitcher
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This simple paloma cocktail recipe relies on two key ingredients: Tequila and grapefruit flavored soda. With a dash of lime, and a few quick tricks, you can have a refreshing cocktail in minutes!  

Ingredients

Single Serving:

  • 1/2 oz lime juice, about half a lime
  • 2 oz tequila
  • grapefruit soda
  • ice

Pitcher (4 servings):

  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3/4 cups tequila
  • 3 cups sparkling grapefruit soda
  • ice

Instructions

Single Serving:

1. Fill a glass with ice.

2. Add a good squeeze of lime juice, about half an ounce, and 2 oz of tequila. 

3. Top with chilled grapefruit soda. 

Pitcher (4 servings):

1. Fill a pitcher with ice.

2. Pour the lime juice and tequila into the pitcher. Gently stir.

3. Top with grapefruit soda and sliced limes if desired.

Notes

  • Do NOT use a cocktail shaker. The carbonation in the soda will cause this to explode into a giant mess. 
  • Line the rim of your glass with salt for added flavor. 
  • One lime is usually enough for two drinks. 
  • We use short glasses for our cocktails. For a more sweet flavor use a tall glass and more soda. 
  • Can’t find grapefruit soda? You can add fresh grapefruit juice and club soda in its place. 

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