The Paloma

This was my first tequila experiment for the month, even though I decided to share the sangria recipe first.  While researching tequila recipes, I read that the Paloma is actually a more popular or traditional drink in Mexico than the Margarita.  Who knew?

Again, we have a tequila citrus combination here.  This time with grapefruit and lime. Although some recipes for the Paloma use grapefruit juice, it seems that the traditional version is made with grapefruit soda. Jarritos is the standard soda brand in Mexico, but other varieties, such as Squirt or Fresca, will work just as well.  

I have made some wonderful grapefruit juice-based cocktails.  In my experiments, I have found that I prefer pink grapefruit for a little extra sweetness.  And, with this cocktail,  be it the tradition or not, I wanted to use soda. After sifting through nearly a dozen recipes for this one beloved beverage, I ended up following this one from The Spruce Eats.


  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: The Spruce Eats


  • 8 oz pink grapefruit soda
  • 2 oz silver tequila
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • Wedge of lime or salt for rim of glass, if desired.


  1. Put ingredients into a Collins glass.
  2. Stir gently.
  3. Add ice.

The Paloma

The acronym “K.I.S.S.” applies here.  My husband begged me to add a dash of grapefruit bitters or something else, but I love the simplicity of this cocktail.  Some times simpler IS better. This is a wonderful drink to have when you don’t have the energy or patience to make something complicated, yet want something more than wine or beer.  And I think it delivers a more complex flavor than just your average ‘ol spirit mixed with soda beverage.  It is light and refreshing, and sweet enough to make it dangerously easy to drink. For those who are wary of tequila, the flavor of the tequila is fairly subtle and delightful when mixed in these proportions. Tequila-lovers, please feel free to modify as you see fit.

As for garnish, some recipes suggest rimming the glass with salt.  One recipe suggested adding a pinch of salt to the top of the beverage.  A fancy, salt-free, option is to add a wedge of lime. And, while I prefer the pink grapefruit soda (I used Polar brand soda), a regular grapefruit soda, such as Fresca, offers a slightly different flavor and is equally enjoyable. Either way, gather your ingredients to make this weekend!  Cheers!

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