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.

A tall glass of tequila Paloma garnished with a wedge of fresh grapefruit and lime rind

Refreshing for a warm summer day, Cinco de Mayo or any fun celebration.

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.

Tequila Paloma cocktail viewed from overhead showing the grapefruit floating
Which tequila is best for Paloma?

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.  Gold tequila will affect the color of the drink

What does Paloma mean?

The word is Latin for Palumbus, meaning female dove.

Holding a glass of tequila Paloma

Salted rim: 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 glass of tequila Paloma cocktail with fresh lime and grapefruit

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

Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes


  • 4 ounces (118 ml) good, clear tequila
  • 1 ounce (29 ml) fresh lime juice
  • 4 ounces (118 ml) 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 546Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 24mgCarbohydrates 89gFiber 2gSugar 79gProtein 1g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.