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Paloma cocktail in a tall clear glass with a wedge of grapefruit on a bamboo toothpick resting on the edge.

Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Mexico’s national aperitif, the Paloma cocktail, is a simple tequila drink with a thirst-quenching, irresistible appeal. Move over Margarita, here comes something better!
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 183kcal


  • 2 ounces tequila blanco or reposado
  • 4-6 ounces good quality grapefruit soda (see Notes)
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • pinch coarse salt
  • 1-2 dashes Fee Brothers grapefruit bitters optional


  • Fill a 10-ounce Collins glass with ice, then add tequila, lime juice, bitters, and salt. 
  • Top with grapefruit soda. 


  1. For grapefruit soda, look for Jarritos, San Pellegrino, Izze, or something similar to make this drink. If you can't find it, you can make your own with fresh-squeezed grapefruit and soda water combined in equal parts. 
  2. Fee Brothers grapefruit bitters can be found in well-stocked liquor stores or online. It really brightens up this drink. If you can't find it, don't fret--the cocktail still tastes fabulous without it. 


Calories: 183kcal