Paloma With Fresh Grapefruit Juice

This sweet-tart cocktail is perfectly balanced and perfectly refreshing.

Paloma with Fresh Grapefruit Juice

Greg DuPree

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins

The paloma, believed to have originated in Mexico, is traditionally made with tequila and grapefruit soda. These days, many bartenders are swapping in mezcal (you can use either!) and fresh grapefruit juice, which makes for a less sweet drink. If you’re using tequila, a blanco works well. We like salting the rim of the glass like you would with a margarita, but it’s totally optional.


  • 1 tbsp kosher salt

  • 1/2 tsp chili powder

  • 2 limes

  • 4 oz tequila or mezcal

  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice

  • 2 tsp agave or simple syrup

  • 2 tbsp club soda

  • grapefruit


  1. Combine 1 Tbsp. kosher salt and 1/2 tsp. chili powder on a small plate. Cut 1 lime into quarters; cut another lime in half. Rub a lime quarter along rims of 2 old-fashioned glasses. Coat rims with salt mixture. Fill glasses halfway with ice.

  2. Juice remaining lime quarters and halves to equal 2 Tbsp. juice. Place juice in a cocktail shaker and fill halfway with ice. Add 1/2 cup (4 oz.) tequila or mezcal, 1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice, and 2 tsp. agave or simple syrup. Cover and shake just until combined and chilled. Strain into glasses.

  3. Top each glass with 2 to 4 Tbsp. club soda and stir. Garnish with strips of grapefruit peel.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

461 Calories
1g Fat
87g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 461
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1912mg 83%
Total Carbohydrate 87g 31%
Dietary Fiber 13g 45%
Total Sugars 49g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 244mg 1,218%
Calcium 166mg 13%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 1064mg 23%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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