Classic Paloma

Made of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and tequila, the Classic Paloma cocktail is the national drink of Mexico. It’s light, bright, and totally refreshing.

Classic Paloma

Not everyone loves grapefruit, but I grew up eating it halved, with a sprinkle of sugar on top. I find it refreshing and light. If done right, it’s not too tart. Take this Grapefruit Aperol Margarita – tart grapefruit is combined with a bitter orange liquor and tequila for a delicious drink. It’s a cocktail that is at home at both brunch and a night with your favorite Mexican dishes. 

I knew that this year, for Cinco de Mayo, I wanted to share Mexico’s national drink. No, Mexico’s national drink is not a margarita, but rather, the Paloma. The Paloma is a grapefruit and tequila cocktail that’s sweetened with just a little bit of sugar. Easy to make and in my opinion, quite refreshing.

Classic Paloma

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Recipe Notes for the Classic Paloma Cocktail:

  • Use freshly squeezed grapefruit juice for best results. 1 grapefruit should yield at least 1/2 c. of juice.
  • Use pink grapefruit for a beautiful red color. I clearly did not due to availability. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Tip: I reserve the juiced grapefruit wedges for rubbing the rim of the glass. 
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Classic Paloma

Classic Paloma

Made of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and tequila, the Classic Paloma cocktail is the national drink of Mexico. It's light, bright, and totally refreshing.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 190 kcal
Author Liz

Ingredients

  • kosher salt for rim
  • 1/4 c. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice (from about 1/2 a grapefruit)
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. granulated or superfine sugar
  • 2 oz. tequila
  • ice
  • 2 oz. club soda
  • wedge of grapefruit for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle kosher salt on a small plate. Rub half the rim of a highball glass with one of the leftover (juiced) grapefruit wedges. Dip rim in salt, rotating to ensure rim is evenly coated.

  2. Add grapefruit juice, lime juice and sugar to the glass. Stir to combine. Add tequila and ice. Again, stir to combine. Top with club soda. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge, if desired, and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

1 grapefruit should yield at least 1/2 of juice.

This recipe was adapted from Bon Appetit.

Made of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and tequila, the Classic Paloma cocktail is the national drink of Mexico. It's light, bright, and totally refreshing.

11 thoughts on “Classic Paloma”

  1. I love grapefruit and eat it all winter! This would be even more fun for summer! Any tips on juicing a grapefruit–I’ve never done that… (won’t fit in my lemon press clearly ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    1. Great question! I usually use a handheld juicer (sized for a lemon or lime) and cut the grapefruit into eighths. I press each piece twice – skin up and skin down to ensure I get as much juice as possible.

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