Classic Grapefruit Paloma Recipe

(Not Quite a) Paloma

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Grapefruit and tequila are a delicious combination! This classic Paloma cocktail is bright, refreshing, and a tasty alternative to a traditional margarita. 


Units Scale
  • 3 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz silver tequila
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 0.5 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1-2 oz grapefruit soda or grapefruit sparkling water


Combine grapefruit juice, tequila, simple syrup, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake it all up. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice cubes. Top with grapefruit soda or sparkling water.

Garnish with a grapefruit wedge or lime slice. 

Stir, sip and enjoy!



To make simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup hot water with 1/2 cup cane sugar or agave syrup and stir until sugar is dissolved. Cool completely before using.