White Grapefruit Paloma

A glass of white grapefruit paloma

How to Make a Grapefruit Cocktail

| A Paloma is a classic cocktail normally served with tequila, lime juice and a grapefruit soda. It’s cousin is the Greyhound, which is typically made with grapefruit juice and either gin or vodka. To make this White Grapefruit Paloma, I wanted the flavor of the beautiful Oro Blanco grapefruits we have in Southern California to shine through. I switched out the grapefruit soda for a super-fizzy Topo Chico, and replaced the fresh lime juice with fresh white grapefruit juice. I have to say, this is the best grapefruit cocktail I have ever had. 

Here are a few tips I have for making the best grapefruit cocktail:

-Strain the juice! The pulp is very annoying to drink unless you serve with a straw. The pulp does very little good here so it’s best practice to strain it out. 

-Leave the mint whole. For the same reason above, if you chop it up it can get stuck in your teeth as you drink it. Not good!

-Buy the best quality soda water

-Use a top notch tequila (I like Casamigos)

A bottle of Topo Chico soda


If you’ve ever visited Austin, TX, you will no doubt have been offered a Topo Chico at a taco stand or barbecue joint. So what is all the fuss about?

For starters, the soda is shockingly fizzy. It almost seems more fizz than water. Some cheaper soda water brands are almost flat even right when you open them. 

Another thing is that the size of the bubbles matters. Brands like La Croix have large bubbles that pop quickly and result in a flat soda in about 30 minutes. Topo Chico has small bubbles that don’t pop quickly. The soda can even stay fizzy after opening overnight if capped. 

Last, I believe that some process of mining the mineral water results in a truly superior flavor with no strange aftertaste. That makes this soda the prefect drink for a hot summer day. 

How to Make A White Grapefruit Paloma

A glass of white grapefruit paloma

White Grapefruit Paloma

A crisp and refreshing summer beverage with just 3 simple ingredients.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Cost: 5


  • Ice
  • 2 sprigs mint
  • 3 Tbsp fresh white or pink grapefruit juice plus a wedge of grapefruit for garnish
  • 1 shot tequila blanco
  • Your favorite sparkling water I like @topochicousa


  • Fill a highball glass with ice and mint.
  • Add grapefruit juice and tequila. Fill to the top with sparkling water and garnish with a wedge of grapefruit.
  • Optional: swirl a teaspoon of agave or sugar into the juice before topping with soda.
A glass of white grapefruit paloma
A glass of white grapefruit paloma

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