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Paloma cocktail served with a chili salt rim and garnished with lime and fresh grapefruit.
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Paloma Cocktail Recipe

This Paloma Recipe, like the Margarita, is a tequila-based cocktail made with grapefruit juice, lime juice, and bubbly soda. Refreshing and easy to prepare, learn how to make a Paloma cocktail and enjoy this fun and fruity Mexican cocktail all summer long.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 177kcal


For the Chili Salt Rim

For the Paloma

  • Chili Salt - (or just kosher salt)
  • Ice
  • 2 fluid ounces tequila
  • 2 fluid ounces fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar - (optional)
  • 2 fluid ounces club soda - or grapefruit soda
  • Grapefruit and lime wedges - for serving


  • Prepare the chili salt. Transfer the kosher salt, chili powder, and granulated sugar to a shallow mixing bowl and mixing well to combine. Set aside (see notes).
  • Prepare your glasses. Moisten the rim of your glass (see notes) with a grapefruit or lime wedge, invert your glass into the prepared chili salt mixture, and turn to coat.
  • Make your Paloma. Fill the glass with ice. Fill with the tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, sugar (if desired), and gently stir well to combine. Top with club soda or grapefruit-flavored soda, stir again, and garnish with a grapefruit and lime wedge.


  • You do not have to rim your glass with chili-salt. If preferred, you may simply choose to add just salt or omit the salt altogether.
  • Traditionally, a highball glass is used when serving a Paloma. However, I chose to use rocks glass because I love the shape. You may use whatever you have on hand.
  • Wait to add any bubbly club soda or grapefruit soda until just before serving.
Originally published June 6, 2019


Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 92mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 19.7mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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