This easy paloma cocktail is made with Squirt grapefruit soda, tequila, a squeeze of lime juice, and a sprinkle of salt. I like to call it the poor man’s margarita — simple, inexpensive, and delicious!
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When it comes to cocktails, a classic margarita has always been my drink of choice — on the rocks with salt, please and thank you! But here’s the thing, I’ve never been super successful at making margaritas at home. Those store bought margarita drink mixes are waayyy too sweet… And I’ve tried making my own mixes, but 1) it tastes different every time because the quality of the limes varies, and 2) limes keep going up, up, up in price, making it expensive to experiment.
When complaining to a friend about my failures a few years ago, he suggested that I try a paloma cocktail instead — a simple cocktail made with grapefruit soda, tequila, a squeeze of lime juice, and a sprinkle of salt. He went on to tell me about how it’s all the rage in Mexico.
Grapefruit soda? You mean like Squirt soda??? He said sure! And so goes the story of how I was introduced to palomas — or as I like to call them, the poor man’s margarita. It’s totally become my cocktail of choice when entertaining guests. I mean, it’s got everything going for it: it’s easy to make, inexpensive (a 2-liter of Squirt is, what, a dollar at Walmart?!), and guests LOVE it.
As you know, I’m ALL about keeping it simple when entertaining. I mean, I enjoy attending fancy and elegant gatherings, but I don’t enjoy hosting them, you know? For me, simple just means more FUN… I can actually spend time hanging out with my guests instead of dashing around the kitchen like a mad woman.
Case in point: every year we host a HUGE New Year’s Eve bash. Basically, all of our friends AND their kids are invited — because, as you know if you have kids, going out on New Year’s is kind of iffy… So over the years it’s morphed into a giant pajama party! Adults and kids alike show up in their fave jammies, we all hang out for the night, and then after midnight, everyone heads out all ready to go straight to bed once they get home. Pretty ingenious if you ask me! And the perfect excuse to sip palomas in my flannel PJs.
How To Make A Paloma Cocktail
We keep the food and drinks pretty simple, too. Each guest brings an appetizer or dessert, and we provide pizzas and supply the drinks — water and juice boxes for the kids & beer, wine, and palomas for the adults. I may just have to buy stock in Squirt —
I think we’ve converted just about all of our friends to drinking them at this point.
And once I show them how easy they are to make, they can keep their cup filled on their own all night long. It’s just one part white tequila, three parts Squirt soda, a squeeze of fresh lime juice, and a sprinkle of kosher salt. Stir and enjoy! Of course, you can dress it up with salt on the rim or by adding some grapefruit juice or a little citrus zest. But this is my favorite paloma recipe in its most basic form — hope you love it, too!
Easy Paloma Cocktail
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This easy paloma cocktail is made with Squirt grapefruit soda, tequila, a squeeze of lime juice, and a sprinkle of salt. I like to call it the poor man’s margarita --simple, inexpensive, and delicious!
- 1 part white tequila
- 3 parts Squirt grapefruit soda
- squeeze of fresh lime juice
- sprinkle of kosher salt
- Fill a glass with ice.
- Add tequila, Squirt grapefruit soda, a squeeze of lime juice, and a sprinkle of kosher salt.
- Stir to combine, and serve.
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