How to Make Paloma Cocktail Recipe

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We’re showing you how to make this Paloma cocktail recipe! A Paloma is a traditional drink in Mexico, with the main ingredients being fresh grapefruit juice and, of course, tequila!

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Paloma Cocktail History

Although it’s not exactly known when the Paloma was created, it’s speculated that the refreshing summery drink is from the 1800s! It’s so easy to make and refreshing. I love shaking it with ice, so it’s gold and frothy when served.

There are conflicting stories about this pretty pink cocktail’s origin, but it was falsely claimed to be first published in 1953 in the “Popular Cocktails of The Rio Grande” pamphlet. It turns out that this pamphlet doesn’t even exist!

Another rumor has it that the Paloma drink recipe originally came from a bartender who named the drink after his true love. 

Whatever its origin, the Paloma drink is one of the most popular tequila drinks in Mexico. Move over, margarita! 

Paloma Cocktail Recipe Video

How to Make a Paloma

There are a few ways to make a classic Paloma recipe, but our favorite way is using a little grapefruit soda and grapefruit juice, along with fresh lime juice and tequila.


Tequila – A good quality tequila that won’t break the bank is perfect for making this recipe.

Grapefruit Juice – Fresh squeezed or store-bought is fine.

Lime Juice – Always fresh-squeezed.

Grapefruit Soda – Sparkling, sweetened grapefruit soda works well.

We couldn’t resist adding a little charm, so we garnished our Paloma with a flower!


  • If you want to rim the glass with salt, you can do it by adding water to the rim of the glass, then dipping it in a plate of salt.
  • Next, squeeze the fresh lime juice into the glass and add the tequila and fresh grapefruit juice.
  • Fill the glass with ice and pour the grapefruit soda over the top.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge and flower.

Why is it Called Paloma?

While there is no exact evidence of where the name came from, some people believe its name came from a popular folk song, La Paloma, composed in the 1860s in Mexico. 

What is the Best Tequila for a Paloma?

The best tequila for a Paloma depends on your taste. Some recommend using 100% agave, and others recommend tequila, Blanco. Some suggestions include El Jimador Tequila, Tequila Blanco Corralejo, Chamucos Blanco Tequila, and Milagro Silver.

What Soda Mixes with Tequila?

If you’re making a Paloma, grapefruit soda mixes well with the tequila. For other cocktails, seltzer or club soda make a nice base for tequila. You can even try a lemon-lime soda for a drink modeled after rum and coke. 

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What’s in a Paloma Cocktail?

When looking for a Paloma recipe, you may come across many variations. A typical Paloma consists of tequila, grapefruit soda, grapefruit juice, and fresh-squeezed lime juice. 

A more sophisticated recipe that takes some planning ahead involves using the grapefruit peel and burying it in sugar overnight. 

Paloma Recipe Tips

  • Add a dash of Campari to the cocktail for a slightly bitter flavor.
  • You can also add a dash of mezcal in a Paloma to give it a smoky flavor.
  • Also, rim the glass with a little sugar or salt if you prefer.
  • If you like a sweeter cocktail, add a simple syrup or agave.

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Wrap Up…

This drink is perfect for summer, and it’s easy to make at home. Be sure to check out all of our other classic cocktails and frozen drinks while you’re here. We hope you have a great weekend – cheers!

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How to Make a Paloma Cocktail

How to Make a Paloma Cocktail

We're showing you how to make a Paloma cocktail! A Paloma is a traditional drink in Mexico with the main ingredients being grapefruit and of course, tequila!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 144kcal
Author: Eden


  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce grapefruit juice, fresh-squeezed
  • 1 wedge lime juice
  • 3 ounces grapefruit soda, top off with grapefruit soda, around 3 ounces


  • Add the tequila, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and juice of one lime wedge in a glass.
  • Fill with ice to the top and then top off with sparkling grapefruit soda.


Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 46mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 8mg
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