Trader Joe’s Italian Grapefruit Soda and tequila pair beautifully to make this easy grapefruit soda Paloma cocktail that’s as refreshing as it is dangerous.
Wine is typically my bevvy of choice, but sometimes a girl needs a fun cocktail. Easy Grapefruit Soda Paloma is an unexpectedly refreshing….and dangerous….cocktail that’s gonna have you feeling all those sunshine vibes in a matter of minutes.
Trust me, this little gem is a total keeper. And, the real beauty comes from how freaking simple it is to make.
With a just few ingredients, this refreshing and bright Easy Grapefruit Soda Paloma is gonna have you feeling all the sunshiney vibes.
What are the Ingredients for a Paloma Drink?
I became obsessed with Italian sodas a few years ago–Trader Joe’s grapefruit version being my fav. And, I eventually discovered that it doubles as an amazing cocktail mixer, as well.
Come to think of it…pretty much every fun drink at TJ’s doubles as a great mixer :))
Grapefruit soda and tequila are the two main ingredients in a Paloma. I love using Italian soda because it isn’t overly sweet.
If you like your cocktails a little on the sweeter side, you could totally use Izze’s or Jarrito’s grapefruit soda. They’re both winners.
Easy Italian Soda Paloma
Trader Joe's Italian Grapefruit Soda and tequila pair beautifully to make this easy grapefruit soda Paloma cocktail that's as refreshing as it is dangerous.
- 1 Part Tequila to 3 Parts Soda
- 2 oz Blanco (Silver) Tequila
- 6 oz. Italian Grapefruit Soda
- 1/4 - 1/2 Lime's juice
- 4 Mint Leaves
- Ice to fill glass
- Fill your high or low ball glass with ice.
- Pour your tequila over the ice first. Then, add lime juice and mint leaves.
- Top with Italian Soda & enjoy.
- Any grapefruit soda will work. Izze & Jarrito's are great choices if you can't find Italian Grapefruit Soda.
- Don't forget to give a little rub to the mint leaves before sticking them into your glass. This will help release the oils in the leaves. Also, rub one around the rim of your glass for added minty-ness.
- You can use less lime, if you'd like. I'm a big lime fan, so I go a little heavy here.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 948Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 213mgCarbohydrates: 210gFiber: 7gSugar: 188gProtein: 3g
How Do You Make a Paloma?
Easy-peasy with a little lime squeezy! For real, this easy grapefruit soda Paloma recipe is a no brainer…even for those of us lacking tequila education.
Ice. Tequila. Lime. (My special addition: MINT). Grapefruit Soda of choice.
Mint is NOT a traditional ingredient in the Paloma, but I absolutely think it rounds out the citrus with a lovely herbal note that just sings to me.
Oh, for an added mint-note, rub the rim of your glass with a mint leaf!
It’s pretty & pink, and it’s an unexpectedly refreshing cocktail. It’s perfect for summer BBQ get togethers, lounging at the pool, or even a fun change up to the obligatory mimosas at brunch.
Which Tequila is Best for Palomas?
The only education I’ve ever had on the subject was at a tequila tasting in Mexico the week I got engaged. And, I remember NOTHING….for obvious reasons.
I mean, it was a tequila tasting LOL.
So, never fear! If tequila is NOT your area of expertise, then you’re in good company. I’m an uneducated tequila heathen, so I refer to them as white & gold tequila.
Ugh, I know. I’m terrible.
The “real” names are tequila blanco, or silver tequila, and aged (gold tequila). Stick to the blanco “silver” tequila for this Easy Italian Soda Paloma recipe.
Easy Italian Soda Paloma Cocktail Recipe
After writing this recipe up, I’m ready for my own little bit of sunshine this afternoon. This Italian Soda Paloma is gonna be just what the doctor ordered.
Seriously though — if you’re gonna day drink…be careful with this one. Maybe throw in a few mocktail versions of this baby every once and a while!
Get your sunshine on this weekend with this super refreshing & downright lovely tequila cocktail.
Let me know which soda you went with in the comments below! Are you on the sweet end, or not-so-sweet (like me!)?
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