How to Make a Paloma

How to Cocktail: The Paloma

San Francisco bartender Jacques Bezuidenhout shows you how to mix up a traditional Paloma. This refreshing tequila cocktail is simple to make and a favorite in Mexico.


  • 2 oz Partida Blanco Tequila
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • Half a lime
  • Grapefruit Soda, such as Jarritos or Squirt

Fill a highball glass with ice and add the tequila and salt. Squeeze the lime half into the glass and drop into the drink. Fill with grapefruit soda.



  • nomoreluke posted 3 months ago

    Grapefruit, lime and ginger work amazingly well together. We do a Paloma twist with...

    40ml Ocho Blanco (or similarly agave-forward tequila - Tapatio works well)
    10ml Yellow Chartreuse
    5ml Aperol
    5-10ml fresh ginger syrup (1:1 ginger juice and sugar)
    20ml lime
    50ml fresh pink grapefruit juice
    Couple of dashes celery bitters


  • manastashelltelnet888996450 posted 4 months ago

    I love this drink. My usual drink of choice has always been grapefruit juice and tequila..but the Paloma with diet squirt fits right into my low carb diet and its really YUMMY!

  • manastashelltelnet888996450 posted 4 months ago

    I have always loved grapefruit juice and tequila (always..double tall!) but the excess sugar from the grapefruit was NOT on my low carb diet. When I found this recipe and tried it with sugar free Squirt I LOVED it! I top it off with some regular grapefruit juice but this has not become my drink of choice. I try to add something special..blueberries or slices of lemon or lime.. then I get dessert:)

    Thank you!

  • bongodriver posted 6 months ago

    Try fresh grapefruit juice and sparkling water in a 1:2 ratio instead of Squirt, salt half the rim. I will also use 1/4 oz of maraschino liquer (Luxardo). Great summer drink either way.

  • sforwardhotmailcom1347040176 posted 1 year ago

    I have introduced the Paloma to many friends. This is my signature cocktail!

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