The Paloma is the most popular tequila-based cocktail in Mexico and if you struggle to drink tequila cocktails because they bring back too many dreadful memories of drunken student days and debauchery, this might just be the alternative.

It’s delightfully refreshing and sophisticated, complimenting spicy Mexican food perfectly.

I fell in love with this cocktail at my favourite Cape Town Mexican restaurant El Burro.

This is how they make this fabulous drink.

*1 shot = 25ml

*reposado tequila means rested tequila (aged in oak for at least 2 months)


the perfect paloma cocktail

  • Author: Sam Linsell
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


1 1/2 shots of reposado tequila (or any good quality blanco)

juice of half a ruby grape fruit

1/2 shot of agave syrup or sugar syrup

about 75ml club soda

a squirt of fresh lime juice (optional)


Mix the grapefruit juice, tequila and sugar syrup until well mixed.

Pour over a tall glass filled with ice and top up with soda water. You could add a squirt of lime juice which is nice and I did, and you could also rim the glass with salt.


If you are wanting to reduce your sugar intake, simply leave the sugar out. Its less sweet but delicious.

Tequila, it makes you happy. Enjoy!



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  4. Been thinking about these ever since I pinned them. Hubby’s making posole for dinner tonight, and we have a big bowl of fresh grapefruit….You do the math! Oh my, they are tasteeee!!!! Dinner won’t be ready for a while. We could be in trouble…
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. Sam

    Awesome Becca I so love that cocktail (its no too sweet and I love grapefruit). I hope you had a fab dinner.

  6. I left a “yummy” comment on my pin last night. Since then over 85 people have repinned it! They are in for a treat. =)

  7. Sam

    Wow that’s awesome Becca thanks 🙂 – I have been totally blown away by this post which shot to the top of my ‘most popular’ posts soon after it went up 2 weeks ago.

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  16. I’ve been looking for uses for a hibiscus simple syrup I made, this would be fantastic! Thank you!

  17. Sam

    Hi Helen that sounds interesting (although I have never been a fan of the flavour of hibiscus)

  18. OMG……. I live in south Texas and this is what the Chamber of Commerce serves at Official Events, it is called Border Buttermilk……….delicious!

  19. Sam

    Hi Mary Beth – just like I thought – a posh cocktail 🙂

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  63. Amanda Marquez

    I’m Amanda, a writer for Spoon University, and I’m writing a story about cocktails. If it’s okay with you, I’d love to use the first photo in the article and of course give you proper photo credit.
    If you could let me know by tonight, that would be great.
    Thanks so much ahead of time.

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  65. Pug @ Pug's Modern Life

    Hi Sam!

    I run and I’m going to be posting a recipe round up of Mexican and Mexican-inspired recipes mid-September and would love to include your perfect paloma cocktail!

    With your permission, I’d like to include a picture and link to both the recipe and your site (but will totally understand and not be offended if you don’t want me to).

    Thank you so much for your time 🙂

  66. Sam

    Sure Pug, no problem. Thanks for asking.

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