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National Tequila Day - Paloma recipe

Paloma Margarita

  • Author: Maura Wall Hernandez
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Beverages
  • Cuisine: Mexican


A paloma is a classic and original Mexican tequila cocktail made with grapefruit juice, mineral water, tequila and sugar.


  • 2 tablespoons pure cane sugar (not refined white sugar; I use Zulka Azúcar Morena Pure Cane Sugar)
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • One 12.5-ounce bottle of agua mineral (sparkling water), chilled
  • 3 grapefruits, juiced (should yield about 1.5 cups of juice) and one slice for garnishing
  • 1/4 cup tequila blanco
  • Optional: A small pinch of kosher salt in each glass


  1. Dissolve 2 tablespoons of pure cane sugar in 1/4 cup of water to make a simple syrup. Set aside.
  2. Juice the grapefruit into a large measuring cup. If you’d like to garnish the glasses or float a small wedge, be sure to cut one quarter-inch thick slice from one grapefruit before you do all the juicing.
  3. Over a pitcher, strain the grapefruit juice to remove any pulp or seeds. Add the simple syrup mixture, 1/4 cup tequila blanco and the chilled agua mineral to the pitcher. Stir well.
  4. Garnish with grapefruit wedges or twists and serve over ice.


Zulka Azúcar Morena Pure Cane Sugar is a Mexican brand of granulated cane sugar sold at many Latin grocers and can also be purchased online.

Keywords: margarita, paloma, cocktail