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How to make a Paloma

A paloma is a tequila-based drink with grapefruit and some bubbles. Here's an easy way to make a low-sugar version.

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I am a total margarita lover.

Being in Texas and having Tex-Mex right around the corner makes it my drink of choice year-round.

But when I heard about the margarita’s cousin, the Paloma, I had to learn how to make the best one.

I think I’ve gotten it! I’m going to teach you how to make a Paloma. I hope you’re ready because this drink is simple and wild!

What is a Paloma?

I mentioned earlier that it’s like a cousin to the margarita.

The Paloma is tequila-based, like a margarita. 

Instead of lime juice being the focus of the drink, grapefruit is the star of the show.

The freshness of the citrus is so wonderful, and with grapefruit being sweet and tart, you get this refreshing mixture that soothes the soul.

Most commonly, Paloma’s are made by mixing tequila with a grapefruit-flavored soda such as Fresca, Squirt, or Jarritos and served on the rocks with a lime wedge.

Of course, mine comes with a twist!

How to make a Paloma

As with everything I do, I’m always aiming to cut down the amount of sugar in my cocktails.

I want to maintain good blood sugar and do the right things for my body, so I make my Paloma’s differently.

One thing I do for flavor is to add Swoon Margarita Cocktail Mixer for some extra flavor to my drink. It’s really delicious.

Swoon is just right, and it is a zero-calorie and low carb option for people who want to watch their macros, but still have a good drink (hint: that’s me).

Check out my recipe below for the best paloma you’ll ever have.

This has been a recent discovery for me, and a favorite lately! I hope you enjoy it just as much. If you like cocktails, visit my cocktail recipes page for more ideas!

Paloma Recipe

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Paloma


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  • Author: Mila Clarke Buckley
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 2 drinks 1x
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Description

A sweet and tart Paloma recipe without a ton of added sugar. 


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup Grapefruit Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces Swoon Margarita
  • 46 ounces of Sparkling Mineral Water (I use Topo Chico)
  • 1 Lemon Wedge for decoration
  • Rock Salt to Rim the glass.
  • 1/2 cup Ice


Instructions

  1. Add your Ice, Tequila, Grapefruit Juice, Margarita Mixer and Lime Juice into your cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake until the mixture is slightly frothy and well incorporated.
  3. Take your sliced lime wedge for decoration, and use it to coat the top of your glass.
  4. Dip the glass in rock salt, and coat the sides for decoration.
  5. Add in your mixed cocktail and top with Sparkling Water.
  6. Enjoy.
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8oz
  • Calories: 103
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
About Mila

Hi! I'm Mila.

I’m earning my Master’s degree in Applied nutrition.

I’m a journalist and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach living with  LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults, a slow-progressing form of autoimmune Type 1 diabetes) I love food, travel, and my kitchen, and teaching you about diabetes self-management.

I’m here to help you live your best life possible diabetes by showing you how to create simple, blood-sugar friendly and delicious meals and tips on diabetes self-care.

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4 Responses

  1. Sounds delicious! I don’t drink alcohol but I’m thinking this will taste just as good with the juice mix!

  2. I make something similar to this quite a bit, but never knew it was called a Paloma. I always just called it a grapefruit margarita. I hadn’t heard of that mixer, but I’m always looking for healthier ways to indulge

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