April 30, 2014

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: Some cocktails are like air-conditioning, but the Paloma isn’t one of them. Rather, it makes you feel like you were born and raised in the tropics: You’ll still be hot, but you’ll revel in the heat. For those of you that wish to eschew the home-made route, Jarritos still makes the classic grapefruit (toronja) soda for a Paloma. It’s crisp, tart, sweet, and refreshing, with the slightest hint of bitterness on the finish.Erik Lombardo

Serves: 1


  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce grapefruit syrup (from 1 white grapefruit, if you can find it)
  • 1 dash sugar (equal volume to the grapefruit juice)
  • 1 splash club soda to top
  • 1 pinch Salt rim garnish (optional)
In This Recipe


  1. With a microplane, zest the grapefruit, then juice it, adding the juice to the zest. Add an equal volume of sugar, and shake to dissolve. Once fully incorporated, let it rest overnight before straining it off into a clean jar.
  2. Combine your tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit syrup in a shaker, and give everything a quick shake before straining over fresh ice and topping with club soda. (If you're using a pre-made soda, feel free to just mix your drink taste.)

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Reviews (7) Questions (0)

7 Reviews

walkie74 May 12, 2014
What if you're allergic to grapefruit?
Chef C. May 6, 2014
Couldn't find white grapefruit so I used Texas Red, the syrup was too sweet so I'd suggest cutting sugar in half. Limes are also problematic at the moment, so this is a good alternative to a fresh juice margarita. Just use good Plata tequila, 100% agave
Suzanne K. May 5, 2014
Where can I get these glasses?
Posie (. May 5, 2014
this is my favorite drink, and I love the idea of making it all from scratch!
Chef C. May 5, 2014
Now this one sounds great, but in Mexico they'd probably use Squirt!
sarah May 1, 2014
This page explains it better, brotger:
brotger May 1, 2014
Should the recipe read "3/4 ounces grapefruit juice" rather than "grapefruit syrup"?