Easy Paloma Recipe

LAST UPDATED: May 07, 2020 | PUBLISHED: May 01, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

A Paloma is a popular cocktail in Mexico, made with grapefruit flavored soda, tequila and lime. This paloma recipe is a delicious alternative to a skinny margarita that is full of flavor yet low calorie!

A paloma cocktail in a kitchen with a white flower arrangement in background.

Originally published June 2018, updated May 2020.

It’s finally May! Yes, it’s nearly Cinco de Mayo and it’s nearly summer… and I’m ready to celebrate with my favorite summer cocktails. 

I love sharing my favorite cocktail recipes with you. Just recently I brought you a spicy jalapeno margarita, as well as this premium Cadillac margarita. I’ve even got a complete guide to allll my margarita recipes, and a tequila guide to help you choose the BEST tequila for your cocktails. 

If you have a cocktail recipe you’d like to share or you’re looking for a specific recipe, let me know! 

While I love a fresh mixed, made-from-scratch cocktail, I also like a shortcut when it works well! This Paloma does just that- fresh and full of flavor, but oh so easy! If you think you love a classic margarita, just wait til you try this combo of tequila and grapefruit flavors!

A paloma drink in a kitchen with a white flower arrangement in background.

Paloma Cocktail

If you watch Andy Cohen (or have seen him with Martha Stewart)}, you know he loves a Fresquila. He regularly mixes them up on Watch What Happens Live and frequently refers to them… and it’s no wonder why! 

It’s a simple three ingredient cocktail that is light and refreshing on a hot summer day, without all of the calories. It is better known as a Paloma, one of Mexico’s most popular cocktails. And though it’s a little less colorful than the original full calorie cocktail version, it is fruit forward and flavorful!

Why You’ll Love this Paloma Recipe

It is a light, refreshing, low calorie cocktail recipe that’s full of flavor. If you love skinny margaritas, you’ll love this little refreshing citrus twist. 

It’s easy to make on the go, requiring just three simple ingredients! I often enjoy sipping on one on the dock, boat or poolside. They’re easy to pack for picnics and any outdoor festivities or outing.

A paloma cocktail in a kitchen with a white flower arrangement in background.

What is in a Paloma Drink?

This skinny shortcut cocktail recipe has just three ingredients: 

  • Grapefruit soda 
  • tequila 
  • a squeeze of lime

You can use Jarrito’s grapefruit soda (which is most often used in Mexico) or Squirt, but I prefer using Fresca because it has zero calories. Let’s be honest, any time I can cut calories, I like to try – and that simple switch makes this cocktail easy on the hips.

A fresh paloma recipe in a clear glass on ice, with a vase of fresh flowers in the background.

How to Make a Paloma

  1. Fill a highball glass with crushed ice.
  2. First you’ll add the tequila, filling the glass with Fresca next.
  3. Squeeze a lime wedge into the drink and garnish with a fresh slice of lime.

Recipe Tips and Variations

  • Optional: salt rim of a highball glass by rimming it with grapefruit or lime juice. Then dip the rim into margarita or kosher salt.
  • Personally, I prefer my palomas without salt on the rim of the glass – unlike margaritas. It’s just a personal preference! 
  • Garnish with grapefruit wedge or lime wedge if you prefer.
  • Want it a little less sweet? Add a little club soda.

If you’d like to make a traditional, full calorie paloma, simply refer to my classic homemade margarita recipe. Instead of the tequila and lime juice combination, replace the lime juice with fresh grapefruit juice! Shake in a cocktail shaker with simple syrup, add ice and serve!

A cutting board with a fresh paloma drink on top, floral arrangement in background.

What’s the Best Tequila for a Paloma? 

I tend to prefer a blanco (silver) tequila for palomas. They are light, fresh, and easy to drink. There’s no need to waste your best tequila bottle here!

Why? The grapefruit soda flavor will overpower any delicate finesse to the flavor of a higher-end tequila. Blancos are more agave-forward in flavor and work beautifully for cocktails like this classic paloma! 

If you’re curious about tequila, don’t miss my tequila guide. It will give you so much insight for your next trip to the liquor store – you’ll be full of knowledge about this easy-sipping spirit.

White surface with a glass filled with a paloma cocktail recipe on ice.

How Many Calories are in a Paloma?

A Paloma made with Fresca has just 65 calories, making it one of summer’s lightest cocktails! Believe me, you won’t miss the calories in this summer cocktail!

How Many Carbs are in a Paloma?

You can probably tell from the abundance of pasta recipes that I don’t count carbs, but if you do, the Paloma has zero carbs!

White surface with a glass filled with a paloma cocktail recipe on ice.

Have you tried my homemade margarita mix? If not, add it to the list! Such a delightful way to make fresh margaritas at home!

You’ll also love these Skinny Margarita and Mango Margarita recipes! These cocktails are great to sip alone, but pair well with Taco Salad, Beef Tacos, Cilantro Lime Chicken, and of course, Mexican Corn!

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Hope you enjoy this easy Paloma recipe (aka the Fresquila) as much as I do! Summer has never tasted better!

paloma recipe

Paloma

Julie Blanner
A Paloma is a popular cocktail in Mexico made with grapefruit flavored soda, tequila and lime. It’s a delicious alternative to a skinny margarita that is full of flavor yet low calorie!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1
Calories 65 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • crushed ice
  • 1 oz tequila
  • 2 oz Fresca
  • 1 squeeze of a lime wedge

Instructions
 

  • Fill a glass with crushed ice.
  • Add tequila and Fresca.
  • Squeeze a lime wedge into the drink and garnish with a fresh slice of lime.

Notes

Recipe Tips and Variations

  • Optional: salt rim of a highball glass by rimming it with grapefruit or lime juice. Then dip the rim into margarita or kosher salt.
  • Personally, I prefer my palomas without salt on the rim of the glass – unlike margaritas. It’s just a personal preference! 
  • Garnish with grapefruit wedge or lime wedge if you prefer.
  • Want it a little less sweet? Add a little club soda.

Nutrition

Serving:5ouncesCalories:65kcal
Keywords How to make a paloma, paloma cocktail, paloma recipe
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You’ll also love these Skinny Margarita and Mango Margarita recipes! These cocktails are great to sip alone, but pair well with Taco Salad, Beef Tacos, Cilantro Lime Chicken, and of course, Mexican Corn!

Hope you enjoy this easy Paloma recipe {aka the Fresquila} as much as I do! Summer has never tasted better!

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