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Paloma Recipe
A Paloma is a refreshing tequila-based cocktail that's popular in Mexico and widely enjoyed for its citrusy, sparkling taste. Here's a simple recipe to make a classic Paloma.

Hey there! I’m Jacob Allen, and I grew up working on my dad’s food truck. Now, I’m a chef who loves crafting new dishes. On my blog, Beyond the Bayou, I share cooking tips, delectable recipes, and unique food ideas. Join me for some culinary adventures and let’s explore the world of flavors together!

During my recent trip, I discovered the Paloma cocktail—a refreshing mix of tequila and grapefruit soda with a splash of lime juice. It was a hit among locals and tourists alike, served in a highball glass over ice, often with a salted rim. I loved how the tangy citrus notes paired with the smooth tequila, making it perfect for sipping on a warm day. It quickly became my go-to drink for its simple yet vibrant flavors.

What is Paloma?

A Paloma is a popular Mexican cocktail that combines tequila with grapefruit-flavored soda, typically with a splash of fresh lime juice. It’s known for its refreshing, citrusy, and slightly tart flavor. This cocktail is often served in a highball or Collins glass, filled with ice, and garnished with a lime wedge or grapefruit slice. A salted rim is also optional but common, as it adds a savory contrast to the sweetness and acidity of the drink.

Overview: How To Make Quick Paloma?

Paloma Recipe

The Paloma is a classic Mexican cocktail known for its refreshing combination of tequila and grapefruit soda, typically with a hint of lime juice. This cocktail is typically served in a highball or Collins glass over ice, and often has a salted rim for a savory touch. The drink’s balance of sweetness, tartness, and light fizz makes it a popular choice for warm-weather occasions or as a simple, crowd-pleasing cocktail. To make a Paloma, you need tequila, grapefruit soda, fresh lime juice, and optional salt for the rim. Mix the ingredients, garnish with a lime wedge or grapefruit slice, and enjoy. It’s a straightforward and refreshing drink that’s both easy to prepare and versatile in terms of variations.

Paloma Recipe

Paloma Recipe

A Paloma is a refreshing tequila-based cocktail that’s popular in Mexico and widely enjoyed for its citrusy, sparkling taste. Here’s a simple recipe to make a classic Paloma.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Jacob Allen
Servings: 2


  • Highball or Collins glass
  • Bar spoon
  • Jigger or measuring cup
  • Citrus Juicer
  • Ice maker or ice tray
  • Small plate (optional)
  • Lime wedge or grapefruit slice for garnish


  • 2 oz 60 ml tequila (blanco or reposado)
  • 1/2 oz 15 ml fresh lime juice
  • Grapefruit soda like Squirt or Jarritos, or any other similar soda
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge or grapefruit slice
  • Salt


  • Prepare the Glass (optional): If you prefer a salted rim, rub a lime wedge around the edge of your glass and then dip it into a plate with salt to coat the rim.
  • Add Tequila and Lime Juice: In your prepared glass, add the tequila and lime juice.
  • Add Ice: Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  • Top with Grapefruit Soda: Pour in grapefruit soda to fill the glass.
  • Stir and Garnish: Stir gently to combine the ingredients. Garnish with a lime wedge or a slice of grapefruit.
  • Serve and Enjoy: Enjoy your Paloma!


Feel free to adjust the quantities to suit your taste. You can also experiment with different types of tequila or try using freshly squeezed grapefruit juice with a splash of soda water instead of grapefruit soda for a slightly different version of the Paloma.


Serving: 350ML | Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Sugar: 18g

Using Fresh Grapefruit Juice in a Paloma

If you want to make a Paloma with fresh grapefruit juice instead of grapefruit soda, you’re not alone—many bartenders are doing the same as fresh juice becomes more popular in cocktails. To keep that signature fizz, you’ll need to add some unflavored sparkling water or club soda.

Keep in mind, though, that using fresh juice makes for a less sweet cocktail, since grapefruit soda usually has a lot of sugar. If you find it too dry, you could add a bit of simple syrup, but then you’re making the drink more complex. Using grapefruit soda is the classic way to make a Paloma, so it’s up to you to decide which you prefer.

What to Serve with a Paloma Cocktail?

Paloma Recipe

A Paloma pairs wonderfully with Mexican-inspired dishes. If that’s your vibe, you’re in the right place. I have a ton of favorite recipes that go great with this cocktail.

Here are some of my top picks:

Steak Fajitas: The smell of these cooking is enough to get my kids running into the kitchen. It’s a definite family favorite.

Pork Tacos: This one is my absolute favorite. I could eat these every week and never get tired of them.

Chicken Street Tacos: The marinade for this recipe is amazing. My family can’t get enough of these.

Pico de Gallo: This goes great on top of tacos, but honestly, just give me some chips and a bowl of this stuff, and I’m good to go.These dishes are perfect for a fun meal or a laid-back gathering. Enjoy!

Garnishing a Paloma

To garnish a Paloma, just add a slice of grapefruit or a wedge of lime to the rim of your glass. If you like a bit of salt, you can dip the rim of the glass in it before adding the cocktail.

Paloma vs. Margarita: What’s the Difference?

A margarita and a Paloma are both tequila-based cocktails with citrus, but they aren’t the same. A classic margarita uses lime juice and orange liqueur, which gives it a bit of sweetness. A Paloma, on the other hand, has grapefruit juice, lime juice, and a splash of grapefruit soda for some fizz and a slightly sweet, citrusy flavor. You could think of them as cocktail cousins—they’re similar, but each has its own twist.

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