4 Paloma Cocktail Recipes To Try At Home

By Ellie Smith

3 months ago

How to make the buzzy tequila drink

The Paloma cocktail has been a favourite in Mexico for many years, thought to have originated in the 1950s, when a grapefruit soda called Squirt was introduced to the country. But in recent times, the tequila-based tipple has soared in popularity all over the world, with fans loving its fruity, refreshing taste and pretty aesthetic – particularly during the summer months. Here’s how to make your own at home.

How To Make A Paloma Cocktail

A Paloma cocktail is traditionally made with tequila, pink grapefruit soda or grapefruit juice, lime juice and agave syrup, and served in a highball glass rimmed with salt – but there are lots of fun twists you can do too. Here, a handful of drinks brands share their takes on the Paloma.

PATRÓN’s Perfect Paloma

Patron's Paloma cocktail


  • 45ml Patrón Reposado
  • 90ml fresh grapefruit juice
  • 15ml agave syrup (1:1)
  • 15ml fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 30ml sparkling water
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Grapefruit slice for garnish
  • Salt rim (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients except sparkling water in a shaker tin and shake with ice to chill.
  2. Strain onto fresh ice in a sugar and salt rimmed Collins’s glass.
  3. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

Recipe from PATRÓN

Ellers Farm Distillery’s Pineapple Paloma

Paloma cocktail


  • 30ml Ellers Farm Pineapple & Grapefruit Liqueur
  • 20ml tequila
  • 25ml lime juice
  • 100ml pink grapefruit soda


  1. Build all ingredients in a stemless wine glass.
  2. Stir with ice.
  3. Garnish with a pink grapefruit wedge and salt rim.

Recipe from Ellers Farm Distillery

Lanique’s Paloma Rosa

Paloma cocktail


  • 50ml tequila
  • 25ml Lanique Spirit of Rose liqueur
  • 10ml lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 30ml pink grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 30ml pink grapefruit soda


  1. Shake ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass. 
  2. Top with pink grapefruit soda.
  3. Garnish with grapefruit juice and a Himalayan pink salt rim.

Recipe from Lanique

The Lost Explorer’s Earthy Paloma


  • 1 ½ oz / 50 ml The Lost Explorer Espadín
  • 3 oz / 100 ml Grapefruit Juice
  • ¼ oz / 10 ml Lime Juice
  • Tonic water to top (optional)
  • Rimmed with volcanic salt & grapefruit slice


  1. Combine all ingredients except tonic water in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake it up. 
  3. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice.
  4. Sit in the sunshine.

Recipe from The Lost Explorer