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Classic Paloma Cocktail

  • Author: Rachel Phipps
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: Mexican


A classic Mexican cocktail, the super-refreshing Paloma is made with ruby grapefruit juice, fresh lime, simple syrup, silver tequila and a splash of soda water.


  • 60120ml (2-4 oz) silver tequila (to make singles or doubles!)
  • 190ml (6.5 oz) fresh ruby grapefruit juice
  • 40ml (1.5 oz) fresh lime juice
  • 40ml (1.5 oz) simple syrup (see note)
  • 2 large handfuls ice cubes
  • chilled soda or sparkling water
  • lime wheels, to garnish


  1. In a small jug, combine the tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice and simple syrup.
  2. Divide the ice between two small to medium glasses, and divide the Paloma mix between the two – they should be about 3/4 of the way filled.
  3. Top up each glass with soda or sparkling water, mix briefly with a long spoon and garnish each with a lime wheel before serving.


To make simple syrup, dissolve equal parts sugar in water.