Cocktail Hour – The Paloma

I mentioned the Paloma Coctail on the Suburban Food Nerd Facebook page a while back and it seemed to strike a chord – Many of you have been searching for another option for tequila other than shots (ouch!) or the Margaritas of your halcyon days in college. Because of the interest I decided that the Paloma was perfect drink to highlight for my first Cocktail Hour post!

The Paloma is one of the most popular tequila drinks in Mexico. This may be due to the fact that it is so easy to make, or that there are so many different versions of it… either way – it is a delicious and refreshing mix of grapefruit and tequila that goes equally well with fiery salsa or creamy guacamole.

Some people make their Palomas with a grapefruit soda (like squirt), others make it with fresh juice, and there are proponents of combinations of the two. The beauty of the Paloma is that it is easy to make and that it can be adapted to any taste! We use fresh juice in the SFN house, but feel free to play with the proportions any way you like!

It should also be noted that this works well as a mocktail if you are abstaining for any reason… just skip the Tequila!

Paloma Recipe (Makes 1 Cocktail)

  • Juice from 1/2 a Grapefruit (approx 3 oz)
  • Juice from 1/2 a Lime (approx 1 oz)
  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 3 oz Soda Water
  • Grapefruit or Lime for Garnish


  1. Squeeze juice of 1/2 a grapefruit into a measuring cup. I like to use a pink or ruby red grapefruit for this drink, but any grapefruit you can get your hands on will work.
  2. Squeeze juice ov 1/2 a lime into the measuring cup.
  3. Add Tequila. We use Silver Tequila but ANY Tequila you have on hand will work.
  4. Pour mixture into ice-filled glass (Pint Glass, Tall Collins Glass, Margarita Glass – whatever!)
  5. Fill remainder of glass with soda water
  6. Mix gently, Garnish and ENJOY!


Rolling the citrus fruit on the counter with a little pressure before cutting and squeezing will yield more juice and release some of the citrus oils that add depth of flavor to your drink.

You can strain the juice/tequila mixture as you pour it into the glass for those who are averse to citrus pulp. 

This recipe works well for crowds too! Simply multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you want – make the citrus/tequila mixture in a pitcher and add soda water but no ice. Serve in ice-filled glasses to grateful guests.

For variation – try adding in other tropical or citrus flavors – Think Mango, Passion Fruit, Blood Orange etc.

If you are feeling fancy, rim the glass in a little sugar or salt (whichever you prefer). If you are feeling REALLY fancy – grate some grapefruit and/or lime zest into the salt or sugar you plan on rimming the glass with.

Cheers everyone!


About SuburbanFoodNerd

I have been obsessed with good food my whole life - cooking it, eating it, sharing it with friends... After really getting into reviewing restaurants on other sites, I realized that my inner food nerd needed a bigger creative outlet! :)
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