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Fresh Grapefruit Paloma

I drank palomas decades ago and didn't think anything of them-just squirt and tequila over ice in a salted-rim glass. There was certainly no reason to write a recipe. But that was before the paloma got a makeover and began being made with fresh grapefruit juice (not just grapefruit-flavored soda). This now-classic version is a thirst-quenching crowd-pleaser, especially during the warm months.
Servings: 1cocktail


  • Kosher salt
  • Lime wedge
  • 1/2ounce (1 tablespoon) simple syrup, homemade or store-bought
  • 2ounces (1/4 cup) tequila (blanco is best here) or mezcal
  • 1ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2ounce (1 tablespoon) fresh lime juice
  • 3ounces (a scant 1/3 cup) Squirt (or another grapefruit soda) or sparkling water


Spread the salt on a small plate. Moisten the rim of a 10-ounce glass with the lime wedge and upend the glass onto the salt to crust the rim.

To a cocktail shaker, add the simple syrup, tequila or mezcal, grapefruit and lime juices, and 6 to 7 ice cubes. Shake for 10 to 15 seconds. Pour the drink into the salt-crusted glass, ice and all, and top with Squirt or one of its stand-ins.. (If you prefer, you can strain the mixture into the glass and add fresh ice cubes before topping with Squirt.)

To make simple syrupin a small saucepan bring equal parts water and sugar to a boil, stirring or swirling the pan until all of the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool. Store in the refrigerator. It will keep for a month or more.

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