Tequila Paloma Cocktail is one of Mexico’s most popular drinks. Tequila is mixed with lime juice and grapefruit soda for a refreshing alternative to a traditional margarita.

Tequila paloma in a tall glass garnished with a grapefruit wedge and lime peel

Cinco de Mayo is upon us, and this is the perfect, refreshing drink to serve for  parties or lounging by the pool.  This Paloma is so quick and easy to make and is prepared right in the glass. You can also prepare a pitcher  and refrigerate.

The Paloma is one of my favorite drinks to enjoy all summer because it is so refreshing. This recipe has been on here since 2014 and I thought it was time to update the pictures and add a step-by-step video.

The drink from overhead showing the pretty pink grapefruit and lime


Invest in a good blanco/silver tequila. A good quality tequila is made with 100% agave, lesser priced ones are not and this results in headaches and just don’t taste good. I like to sip tequila, so it has to be good on its own and if it’s not good on its own it’s not going to make a mixed drink good either. 

What is the meaning of Paloma?

The word is Latin for Palumbus, meaning female dove.

A pretty curled lime rind hanging from the rim of the glass and a slice of grapefruit

Salted glass

An option for a sweet/salty twist is to add a rim of salt to the glass. Just rub a wedge of grapefruit around the rim of the glass and dip in salt.



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Yield: 2 drinks

Tequila Paloma Cocktail

2 glasses of paloma with fresh limes and grapefruit

Tequila is mixed with fresh grapefruit juice, lime juice and soda.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes


  • 4 ounces good, clear tequila
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 4 ounces grapefruit soda
  • Grapefruit and lime slices for garnish


  1. Add the tequila and lime juice to a tall glass, stir. Fill with ice and top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with grapefruit and lime slices.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

6 ounces

Amount Per Serving Calories 288Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 8mgCarbohydrates 41gFiber 3gSugar 27gProtein 1g