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Pink Paloma Recipe (Easy Grapefruit Cocktail)

This Pink Paloma recipe makes one of the most simple yet pretty cocktails with tequila. It’s perfect for any occasion and goes great with Mexican food. 

Pink Paloma recipe

What is a Pink Paloma?

The Pink Paloma is a refreshing take on the classic Margarita. It is a citrusy, tart drink that can be enjoyed with friends or family.

Paloma means dove in Spanish so this drink is called a Pink Dove. 

It’s the perfect drink to enjoy during summertime festivities like picnics and barbecues. These cocktails are perfect for any occasion. I have served these at a girls night, Taco Tuesday and even at a bridal shower party (see this list for even more pink bridal shower drinks)

If you are a fan of grapefruit cocktails like our Grapefruit Mimosa, you will love the Pink Paloma. It is so easy to make and simply delicious. 

The pink color comes from grapefruit juice or soda, you could also use regular grapefruit soda if you want an un-pink paloma!

Pink Paloma Recipe

how to make a pink paloma

This drink has become popular in recent years as a way to show support for LGBT rights. Many bars and restaurants have created versions of the cocktail specifically for LGBTQ customers.

It is the perfect drink to serve during a PRIDE event or just when you want something extra fancy. 

All you need is tequila, grapefruit soda, and lime juice. If you’re looking for something refreshing and delicious, look no further than the Pink Paloma!

  • Pink Grapefruit Soda or juice
  • Blanco Tequila 
  • Lime Juice
  • Ice

If you want your drink to be a bit sweeter and you find grapefruit too tart, you can add a pinch of simple syrup to sweeten your drink. 

How To Make A Pink Paloma

Directions for making a Pink Paloma

Pour the Pink Grapefruit Soda, tequila, and lime juice into a glass and stir.

Add ice and give one final stir.

Garnish with a grapefruit slice if desired.


What Garnish is best for a Pink Paloma?

how to garnish a pink paloma

I like to garnish my Pink Palomas with a grapefruit slice.

I find that the citrus fruits compliment the drink perfectly.

If you don’t have a grapefruit wedge you can opt for a lime slice. You could also garnish with a sprig of mint or rosemary if you’re looking for something a little different.

Some people like to make a salt rim for their paloma drinks.  To do this, simply dip the rim of your glass in fresh lime juice and then into kosher salt. Set aside for it to dry before pouring the drink. 

Pink Paloma Recipe FAQs

Pink Paloma recipe

Can I use something else instead of tequila?

If you’re not a fan of tequila I would recommend switching to vodka.

You can still get the beautiful pink hue from the grapefruit soda.

The lime juice will add a little bit of tartness to the drink but it will be refreshing nonetheless.

You can also swap it out for a non alcoholic spirit or kombucha.

What if I don’t like the taste of grapefruit?

If you don’t like the taste of grapefruit I would recommend using a different type of citrus soda.

You could use orange soda, lemon-lime soda, or even cranberry soda. The key is to find something that has a little bit of sweetness and tartness.

I can’t find Pink Grapefruit Juice anywhere, what should I do?

If you can’t find Pink Grapefruit Juice I would recommend using fresh grapefruit juice. 

You can add a splash of cranberry juice or pomegranate juice to give the cocktail a beautiful pink hue.

You can also use sparkling water if you want to retail the bubbles from then grapefruit soda.

Pink paloma cocktail

What is the secret to making a good tasting Paloma?

The secret to making a good Pink Paloma is using fresh and high quality ingredients. I would recommend using freshly squeezed lime juice and great quality pink grapefruit juice or soda. 

How is a Paloma different than a Margarita?

A Pink Paloma is different than a Margarita in a few ways.

First, Pink Palomas use tequila blanca while Margaritas traditionally call for tequila reposado.

Second, Palomas are mixed with grapefruit juice while Margaritas are made with lime juice and orange liqueur.

Finally, Pink Palomas are served over ice in a highball glass.

How strong is this cocktail?

The Pink Paloma is a refreshing and light cocktail. It’s not too sweet and it’s not too strong.

The tequila is there for flavor so if you’re looking for a stronger drink you can always add an extra shot (or two).

The Pink Paloma cocktail is a tequila cocktail that has pretty pink hue. If you are a fan of summery drinks, then you will love this for parties and evenings on the deck.

Pink Paloma recipe
Yield: 1

Pink Paloma Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

The Pink Paloma is a delicious cocktail that is light and easy to drink. If you love tequila cocktails, you will enjoy this summery alternative to the Margarita.


  • 4 ounces Pink Grapefruit Soda
  • 2 ounces Tequila Blanca
  • 1/2 ounce Lime Juice
  • 2/3 cup Ice


  1. Pour the Pink Grapefruit Soda, tequila, and lime juice into a glass and stir.
  2. Add ice and give one final stir.
  3. Garnish with a grapefruit slice if desired.


You can use either grapefruit juice or grapefruit soda as preferred.

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