Worlds Best Paloma Recipe

The Worlds Best Paloma Recipe – The perfect combination of Tequila, fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice, and lime, salt-rimmed & topped with a little club soda. A Mexican vacation in a glass.

This might be Mexico’s most popular tequila drink. This drink is traditionally made with Mexican grapefruit soda, but I think it’s too sweet so I started making this with fresh pink grapefruit juice, a little simple syrup, and club soda. 


Worlds Best Paloma - Fresh Pink Grapefruit, Lime and Simple syrup

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Kelly DiMascio
Simply the most refreshing cocktail in the world.  The Paloma is Mexicos most popular Tequilla drink (who knew).  This version made with fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed lime and a touch of simple syrup is about to become your new favorite drink.  A Mexican vacation in a glass.  Sit back, relax and sip.
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  • 1 lime wedge
  • Kosher salt - optional
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces blanco tequila - good quality
  • 1 ounce fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup*
  • 1 ounce chilled club soda
  • 1 lime wedge - for garnish
  • 1 pink grapefruit wedge - for garnish


  • Moisten the outer rim of a highball glass with a lime wedge and coat lightly with salt.  This step is optional.  
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add the tequila, grapefruit and lime juices and simple syrup; shake well.
  • Strain into the glass.
  • Gently stir in the club soda and garnish with a lime and grapefruit wedges.


*To make simple syrup the quick and easy way...
For years I boiled water, added sugar and "cooked" the syrup until the sugar dissolved and then had to wait overnight for the syrup to cool. I just always kept a bottle of simple syrup in the fridge for cocktails. Then one day I needed simple syrup and didn't have time to go through the whole process. So I just combined 1 part water and 1 part sugar in a bottle and shook to combine and dissolve the sugar. Perfect!
Want to make a Pitcher?
Just change the number of servings to 12 and that will make a pitcher.


Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 378mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 2830IU | Vitamin C: 90.6mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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