Pink Paloma

This classic cocktail is made with grapefruit soda, tequila, and lime juice for a refreshingly simple drink! Whip up some of these pink palomas and enjoy a refreshing sip!

pink paloma

A Paloma is a popular cocktail that is traditionally made with tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and a touch of sweetness, often from sugar or a grapefruit-flavored soda. Some variations of the Paloma may also include a pinch of salt. The ingredients are typically mixed together in a glass over ice, and the drink is garnished with a lime wedge. The result is a refreshing and tangy cocktail that is both sweet and sour, with a distinct tequila kick. It is a popular choice for warm weather or as a brunch cocktail.

Grapefruit Juice vs. Grapefruit Soda

Grapefruit juice is made from the extracted juice of fresh grapefruits. It is typically a pure and unsweetened product that is high in vitamin C and antioxidants. Grapefruit juice can be consumed on its own, mixed with other juices to create a cocktail, or used as a ingredient in cooking or baking.

Grapefruit soda, on the other hand, is a carbonated soft drink that is made from a combination of grapefruit juice, carbonated water, and sweeteners such as sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. Grapefruit soda is generally sweeter and less tart than grapefruit juice, and it has a light, fizzy texture.

How to Make a Paloma with Fresh Grapefruit Juice

If you want to use fresh grapefruit juice instead of soda, you’ll need to add sweetener. I recommend using 4oz grapefruit juice, 4oz soda water, and 1oz simple syrup. This will add sweetness and tart grapefruit flavor to your drink.

How to Juice a Grapefruit

  1. Prepare the grapefruit: Rinse the grapefruit under cold water and dry it with a clean towel. Cut off both ends of the grapefruit and slice it in half from top to bottom.
  2. Extract the juice: Hold one half of the grapefruit cut-side down over a bowl or glass. Use a citrus juicer or a fork to extract the juice by pressing the pulp and squeezing the juice out into the bowl or glass. Repeat the process with the other half of the grapefruit.
  3. Strain the juice: If desired, strain the juice through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any seeds or pulp.
  4. Serve: Pour the freshly squeezed grapefruit juice into a glass and enjoy!

The Best Grapefruit Soda

There are many grapefruit soda brands on the market like Fresca and Squirt, but I prefer to use a lighter soda like the Q Mixers grapefruit soda.

How to Make a Pink Paloma

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pink paloma

Pink Paloma

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  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2


  • 8 ounces pink grapefruit soda
  • 4 ounces tequila blanco
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 1/3 cup ice



  1. Pour the Pink Grapefruit Soda, tequila, and lime juice into a glass and stir.
  2. Add ice and give one final stir.
  3. Garnish with a grapefruit slice if desired. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: American


  1. Looks very refreshing! Yum

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