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Grapefruit Paloma

This grapefruit Paloma takes tart and tangy grapefruit and lime juice and mixes them with tequila, simple syrup, and seltzer for a perfect summer cocktail.

Grapefruit Paloma served with mint.

There’s nothing better than sipping a cold, crisp, and refreshing cocktail by the pool on a hot summer day. 

I know everyone is eager to reach for a margarita, but palomas are where it’s at!

This grapefruit Paloma is the perfect drink!

It’s made with tequila, fresh citrusy grapefruit and lime juices, sweet simple syrup, and bubbly seltzer water.

To top it all off, I’ve rimmed the glass with some salty and spicy tajin seasoning!

Trust me, this grapefruit paloma is like sipping sunshine!

Did you see my Watermelon Paloma I posted earlier this year?

Ingredients to make Grapefruit Paloma on a table.

Ingredients for grapefruit Paloma

  • Tequila – Tequila has a peppery, clean flavor, and is a familiar spirit for Paloma. 
  • Fresh grapefruit juice – Grapefruit juice will add a delicious tart flavor to the drink.
  • Lime juice – Lime juice will give the Paloma a tangy kick!
  • Simple syrup – Simple syrup will add sweetness.
  • Seltzer water – Seltzer water will give the drink effervescence.
  • Tajin – Rimming the glass with tajin will give the grapefruit Paloma a spicy and salty bite.
Lime juice being poured into grapefruit juice.
A pitcher of paloma cocktail.

What is Tajin?

Tajin is a Mexican spice blend made of chili peppers, lime, and salt. 

You can find it in most major grocery stores in the international food aisle. 

If you can’t find it, no worries, feel free to use regular salt and black pepper!

Making this in a pitcher or for parties

To make this for a larger group I recommend adding the tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and simple syrup into a large pitcher, placing it into the fridge to cool, and then shortly before serving add ice and the seltzer water direction to the pitcher.

That way your guests can pour into their glass with ease!

Grapefruit Paloma in a short cocktail glass.

Mix it up!

Plenty of ways to make this grapefruit paloma fit your taste buds!

If you prefer a drier cocktail, use less simple syrup. If you prefer a sweet cocktail, add more simple syrup!

The grapefruit juice and lime juice will shine through with the bubbly seltzer. If you can’t find a seltzer, use club soda instead.

If you’d like more sweetness and a boost of grapefruit flavor, try using grapefruit soda instead of seltzer! 

Ginger ale or ginger beer would add tasty sweetness and a slight ginger flavor, complementing the grapefruit.

Grapefruit Paloma topped with a fresh grapefruit wedge.

How to make simple syrup

Making simple syrup for these grapefruit palomas is all in the name: simple!

Take equal parts water and granulated sugar and put them into a pot on the stove at medium-low heat, and heat until the sugar has completely dissolved and the resulting liquid is clear. 

Cool it completely before adding it to a jar or squeeze bottle!

In fact, I even have a few flavored simple syrups that I think could work great with this! Try my Mint Simple Syrup, Strawberry Basil Simple Syrup, or my Copycat Starbucks Brown Sugar Syrup!

Storage and leftovers

Unfortunately, these are best consumed right after they’re made, so there are no leftovers here!

Have leftover grapefruit juice on hand? Try this fresh grapefruit mocktail!

Grapefruit Paloma in a glass with a salt and pepper rim.

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Grapefruit Paloma

This grapefruit paloma takes tart and tangy grapefruit and lime juice and mixes them with tequila, simple syrup, and seltzer for a perfect summer cocktail.
5 from 5 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 cocktails


  • 1 cup white tequila
  • 1 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup
  • 1 cup seltzer water


  • In a pitcher stir together white tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. Stir to combine.
  • Add ice to the pitcher and keep cold.
  • To serve, rub the rim of each short glass with a lime wedge and dip into kosher salt, kosher salt mixed with pepper, or Tajin.
  • Fill each glass with 1/4 cup seltzer water and top with grapefruit tequila mixture.
  • Gently stir to combine.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Sodium: 2mg | Sugar: 10g
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword cocktails made with grapefruit juice, grapefruit cocktails, paloma cocktail, paloma with grapefruit
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Thursday 17th of August 2023

I have been dying to make this at home. I will definitely make these again!


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