Paloma Cocktail


Made with fresh grapefruit juice and agave syrup, this version is light and refreshing.

Winter citrus season strikes again! The grapefruits are incredible right now and although the most sustainable thing is to eat locally, I occasionally indulge in the seasonal organic citrus from far away. Usually you’ll see this paloma cocktail made with grapefruit soda.

I prefer a slightly healthier version with fresh grapefruit juice and agave syrup as sweetener. Pair this with our Molcajete Salsa Verde for the perfect snack to drink ratio. Close your eyes and pretend you’re warm.

Tips for making this paloma cocktail

  • Picking out grapefruit at the grocery store can feel like a bit of a mystery. I usually go for the heaviest fruit and one that has a strong smell through the skin. This tells me the fruit is really juicy and ready to be used.
  • Keep your fruit at room temp. Unless you don’t plan to use your grapefruit for a while, keep it at room temp for the best juice-to-squeeze ratio.
  • There is a fascinating podcast all about Mezcal called The Nectar Corridor from Whetstone Radio. Listen to this podcast while you’re mixing up your cocktails for a whole new level of appreciation of mezcal.
  • I like to use big fat ice cubes for this cocktail. They melt more slowly then little ice cubes which helps keep your drink from diluting too fast (but I don’t think you’ll have a problem with drinking this too slowly).

Paloma Cocktail

Servings 1 cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 2 ounces tequila or mezcal
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce agave syrup
  • Sparkling water
  • Salt
  • Ice


  • Salt the rim of your glass if you like.
  • Combine grapefruit juice, tequila, lime juice and agave syrup in your glass. Stir gently to combine.
  • Add enough ice to fill the glass 3/4 way full. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a slice of grapefruit.
Course: Drinks

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