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A paloma cocktail in a short glass garnished with salt, fresh lime, and grapefruit slices.

Grapefruit Paloma

  • Author: Veronika | thehealthfulideas
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Mexican


This Grapefruit Paloma is made with fresh grapefruit juice and grapefruit soda, and it's the perfect cocktail for any occasion!


  • Glass prep: 1 tsp coarse sea salt or Himalayan pink salt + a lime wedge
  • 1 ½ oz silver tequila
  • 3 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup (see notes for how to make it)
  • Ice
  • Grapefruit soda (I used LaCroix)
  • Lime and grapefruit slices for garnish (dried lime or grapefruit slices are also a great garnish option)


  1. To prep your glass, add sea salt to a plate and run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass. Dip the outside of the glass into the salt and set it aside.
  2. Add the tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker.
  3. Add a handful of ice and shake vigorously for 5-10 seconds until very cool.
  4. Pour into your prepared glass over ice, top up with grapefruit soda, and garnish with a slice of lime or grapefruit. Enjoy!


Simple syrup: Add ½ cup water and ½ cup water to a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes until it reduces and thickens slightly. Let the syrup cool and transfer to a jar and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Non-alcoholic version: Substitute the tequila with a non-alcoholic spirit of choice or skip it completely. Add the rest of the ingredients to a shaker and serve over ice topped up with grapefruit sparkling water. Add a splash of freshly squeezed orange juice for more flavor.

Keywords: paloma, cocktail