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The Paloma cocktail is technically a mixed drink in that the traditional recipe only has two ingredients: tequila and Fresca (a grapefruit soda). That makes it basically the Mexican version of a rum and Coke or a vodka soda. However, today is Cinco de Mayo so I felt like it is the perfect time to upload this cocktail to the site.

As Fresca doesn’t exist where I live I figured I would make this a proper cocktail and add more than two ingredients. of course those extra ingredients were just grapefruit juice and soda water, so it’s kind of like asking for a bunch of lemons at a restaurant and using the sugar packets to make lemonade. I didn’t add any extra sugar to this drink, but you absolutely could if you wanted to sweeten it up a bit.

How To Make A Paloma Without Fresca


60 ml Tequila. I used Espolon Blanco, but that’s mainly because I like saving the bottles after I finish them for infusions and liqueurs.

120 ml Grapefruit Juice, freshly squeezed.

1 tbsp Sugar, white. (optional)

Soda Water. To fill the glass

In a cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes add the tequila and grapefruit juice (and sugar if you are using it). Give a quick shake for about 15 seconds and pour into a collins glass filled with ice. Pour over soda water to the top and lightly mix with a straw. Garnish with grapefruit wedge and enjoy!

paloma cocktail pin


The Paloma is a tequila cocktail that traditionally uses Fresca grapefruit soda. I don't have Fresca so I made one with fresh grapefruit and soda water.
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Course: Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Cocktail, Grapefruit, Paloma, Tequila
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Cost: $1


  • Cocktail Shaker


  • 60 ml Tequila Blanco
  • 120 ml Grapefruit Juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 tbsp Sugar white, optional
  • Soda Water to fill the glass


  • In a shaker with some ice add the tequila and grapefruit juice and sugar if you are using it. Give a good shake for about 15 seconds, then pour into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top up with soda water and give a quick stir with a straw. Enjoy!
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La Paloma Cocktail

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