Updated: Jul 31, 2020
The Paloma is a famous Mexican cocktail. Made with fresh grapefruit juice and silver tequila, the Paloma is arguably a more refreshing drink than a margarita. Travel to Mexico, and you’ll quickly learn that the margarita, while immensely popular, may not be the preferred tequila cocktail. When I think of making a Paloma at home, I only think I need four main ingredients – tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and some bubbly soda (either plain or grapefruit-flavored. But for this recipe, I love to add a sugar rim and add sugar to the drink to make it a little sweeter.
This bright citrus drink is perfect for summer nights at home or for a girl to get together. If you have never had a Paloma cocktail in your life, you’ve been missing out. With fresh grapefruit, bubbly club soda, and just enough tequila to make things interesting, you have the perfect summer cocktail on your hands!
Highball glass or glass of choice
1 1/2 oz Reposado or Blanco tequila
1/4 cup ruby red grapefruit juice
1 tsp lime juice (just a squeeze will do)
1/4 cup club soda
1 tbsp sugar
Place sugar on a plate. Moisten the rim of the glass with the lime juice or water. Dip the edge of the glass gently into the sugar to rim the glass.
Combine ¼ fresh Grapefruit juice, 1 Tbsp Fresh lime juice, and 1 tsp. Sugar in glass stir until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in 1 ½ cup tequila. Add ice and top off with ¼ cube soda. Garnish with a lime wedge.