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Paloma Cocktail Recipe – Patron Paloma Grapefruit Highball Drink

Highball cocktail recipes are served in a tall glass over ice. This Paloma Cocktail Recipe combines the refreshing tang of grapefruit and lime with Patron Tequila for a fantastic, smooth taste.

It is a great addition to my collection of Patron drinks to make.

When we think internationally of drinks associated with Mexico, the margarita always comes to mind, but the Paloma might actually be more popular in Mexico itself!

Paloma cocktails get their fruit flavor from grapefruit and a squeeze of lime, while margaritas use lime and orange liqueur for their flavorings.

This Paloma tequila cocktail is ready in just five minutes!

Summer is the time of the year when I really love to make cocktail recipes. Check out my latest – a coffee martini. Great for a nightcap.

Patron paloma with lime and grapefruit

This easy Paloma Cocktail is one of the simplest drinks to make and a most refreshing cocktail!  It is a fruity and fun drink that is ready in just minutes!

What is a Paloma cocktail?

In a Paloma, you will find tequila with lime juice and a pinch of sugar and they are then combined with grapefruit juice along with club soda or grapefruit flavored soda. Paloma highball with tequila bottle

I chose grapefruit juice and grapefruit flavored sparkling water for my version since I didn’t have club soda on hand and it worked out great. A good fizzy grapefruit soda will also work well!

What is the best tequila for a Paloma?

Both the margarita and the paloma drink are sour type of cocktails.  For best results, use a 100% agave silver or blanco tequila. I chose Patron Silver for my drinks.Patron silver bottle

The añejo and reposado tequilas which are both aged, are better for sipping straight so give them a miss for this drink recipe. 

I also used Patron silver in another fruity summer drink. This one uses pineapple instead of grapefruit. See the Patron pineapple cocktail here.

How to make a Paloma!

This drink is super easy to make and ready in just minutes. You’ll need these supplies:tequila grapefruit lime and other ingredients for a paloma cocktail

Paloma ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • fresh lime juice
  • sugar
  • Patron tequila
  • fresh grapefruit juice
  • Sparkling water or club soda
  • grapefruit wedge and/or lime wheel

Instructions for the Paloma cocktail

One of the neat parts of making this tequila highball is that there is no shaker or strainer required. Everything is made in one glass!

Start by putting the pink sea salt on a plate and then coating the rim of a highball glass with a wedge of grapefruit. Dip the glass in the salt.(The pink color suits the drink well!)

Sea salt on a glass with grapefruit

Put the fresh lime juice and sugar in the glass and stir.  Add some ice cubes.

Stir in the tequila and top with the fresh grapefruit juice and sparkling water then garnish with a lime wheel and wedge of grapefruit.

Tequila in a high ball glass

How does the Patron Paloma cocktail taste?

The grapefruit juice and tequila give the highball cocktail a tangy flavor that pairs really well with the Patron. Adding salt to the rim of the glass gives the feel of a classic margarita.tequila and grapefruit just makes a Paloma cocktail

Calorie wise, this won’t break the bank either, at about 173 calories each!

Paloma Cocktail Profile:

The flavor is bubbly and fruity with a sweet – sour finish.Paloma mixed drink

  • Type of drink – spirit based
  • Cocktail type – classic
  • How to serve – on the rocks in a highball glass
  • Preparation – stirred
  • Strength – medium
  • Difficulty – easy

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Would you like a reminder of this Patron Paloma recipe?  Just pin this image to one of your Cocktail Boards on Pinterest.This tequila highball recipe is called a palomaAdmin note: This post first appeared on the blog in October of 2013. I have updated the post to add all new photos, a printable recipe card and a video for you to enjoy.

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Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Paloma highball with tequila bottle

This grapefruit tequila highball cocktail combines the refreshing tang of grapefruit and lime with PatronTequila for a great taste.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • Pink Sea Salt
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 oz Patron tequila
  • 1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 cup Sparkling water (or club soda)
  • 1 grapefruit wedge and lime wheel to garnish


    1. Pour some pink sea salt on a plate. Rub the rim of a highball glass with a grapefruit wedge and dip the rim into the salt.
    2. Combine the lime juice and sugar in glass, and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
    3. Add ice and stir in the Patron tequila.
    4. Top off the drink with the grapefruit juice and sparkling grapefruit flavored water.
    5. Garnish with grapefruit wedge or lime wheel.


I used a grapefruit flavored sparkling water. The grapefruit juice gives the highball a tangy flavor that pairs nicely with the Patron tequila. Salting the rim of the glass gives the feel of a classic margarita.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 drink

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 583mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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