Paloma Margarita

Yes, one more margarita recipe! This is a recipe I had hand-written on a recipe card many years ago, but then recently discovered it online when I was researching the source of the name “Paloma.” The same margarita is on the Food Network Website. It’s a different kind of margarita recipe in that it contains grapefruit juice.

But first I have to brag about my recent purchase, a Breville 800CPXL Die-Cast Stainless-Steel Motorized Citrus Press from Amazon. It’s not inexpensive, but so worth the expense if you love margaritas and your hands can’t handle squeezing 30 limes at a time.

This appliance works with any size citrus fruit, from limes to grapefruits.

What is also really nice is that with little effort, more juice is removed than any kind of manual squeezing in my experience.

In fact, it’s so “fun” to use, I’ve been keeping a bottle of lime juice in my fridge, and it’s more handy than I even expected! Need lime juice for a quick lime dressing? Done! How about some lime juice for guacamole, or even for a quick limeade! Done! It’s very handy and stays fresh in a lidded bottle.

But the Paloma margarita story doesn’t end here. (I never did figure out why the name Paloma…) My daughter and her family were visiting for a pool party kind of day, and I thought I’d serve the Paloma margaritas to the big people; it was a perfect opportunity to test the recipe.

Well, my daughter and I made them, and we hated them. So my more bartender-talented daughter stepped in and created the following recipe. (She’s always saved my sangrias in the past as well!)

There’s still grapefruit juice in this cocktail, but it’s also definitely a margarita.

Paloma Margarita
Makes 2 drinks

4 ounces tequila
4 ounces grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed
Juice of 1/2 small lime
5 drops of Stevia
Fresca, chilled

Prepare two glasses with a salt rim, and fill the glasses with ice.

Combine the tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and stevia in a cocktail shaker. Add a little ice and shake to cool the margarita.

Strain the ice and divide the margarita between the two glasses. Top each drink with about 2 ounces of Fresca.

Ta da! You’ve got one of the most enjoyable margaritas ever. If you enjoy grapefruit juice.

Make sure to use good, ruby-red grapefruit for maximum sweetness.

If you don’t like salty rims, add a pinch of salt into each cocktail. It really adds something special.

You can adjust the amount of stevia used as well, or substitute a teaspoon of simple syrup.

I thought this margarita was spectacular. There’s something about tequila, grapefruit juice, lime, and salt….

By Published On: August 12th, 201931 Comments on Paloma Margarita

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. David @ Spiced August 12, 2019 at 6:47 AM - Reply

    Interesting! I’ve never thought about grapefruit margaritas, but I’m not one to turn down a cocktail. Plus, I love grapefruit juice! (I’m that weird kid who always wanted a container of grapefruit juice in the fridge.) This recipe sounds delicious, Mimi!

    • chef mimi August 12, 2019 at 6:48 AM - Reply

      Yeah, I love grapefruit juice also. It’s definitely a pre requisite for loving this margarita!

  2. anitaliandish August 12, 2019 at 10:52 AM - Reply

    Hi Chef Mimi,
    I love this recipe because it is nice and simple with natural ingredients. I always disliked using the margarita mix in the bottle. When I saw you included Fresca in the recipe, I wasn’t sure what it was, but then I remembered the soft drink that has been around forever.
    Also, I will look into the high powered juicer. Thanks so much for the post!

    • chef mimi August 12, 2019 at 1:33 PM - Reply

      It’s a big joke around here because I use Fresca in a lot of drinks, including sangria. It truly makes a difference with its slight grapefruit and citrus flavors, plus the fizz. Club soda would also work.

  3. Rebecca August 12, 2019 at 12:35 PM - Reply

    Oh, Mimi, this margarita is gorgeous! I am absolutely going to make it! Love grapefruit in anything!

    • chef mimi August 12, 2019 at 1:32 PM - Reply

      Then you will love these!

  4. Laura August 12, 2019 at 3:06 PM - Reply

    My kind of cocktail, Mimi! Love that tart citrus! And, wow, that citrus press! I’d love one of those! Not that I have any space for 1 more gadget, but…maybe for the Christmas list!

    • chef mimi August 13, 2019 at 7:06 AM - Reply

      It’s expensive enough for a Christmas wish! As an older person 😬 my hands can’t handle all of the squeezing, so this thing is a blessing. Wish I’d had it ages ago!

  5. sherry August 12, 2019 at 9:46 PM - Reply

    i love grapefruit juice! as you probably read too, they think the paloma was named after a popular folk song in the 1860s! But still, that doesn’t explain it really. these look pretty too…

    • chef mimi August 13, 2019 at 7:05 AM - Reply

      I never could figure out the Paloma name.. it was all pretty random and vague. But let’s hear it for grapefruit juice lovers!

  6. Jeff the Chef August 13, 2019 at 7:43 AM - Reply

    Fresco saves the day! Thst juicer looks awesome.

    • chef mimi August 13, 2019 at 7:48 AM - Reply

      My friends kid me about writing a Fresca cookbook! It’s just a miracle worker!

  7. David August 13, 2019 at 9:15 AM - Reply

    So, I need the juicer… now I just need to convince Mark that HE needs the juicer!! I love the recipe, too… but am curious: why Stevia versus simple syrup? I see you give the option of a teaspoon – is Stevia really that good? I must admit I don’t use any fake sugars because I have always found they leave an aftertaste (sometimes during, as well!). I trust you implicitly but really do want to know.

    • chef mimi August 13, 2019 at 9:20 AM - Reply

      This is one brand that I love, and there isn’t any bad after taste or during. I have experimented in the past with other brands, and some really are terrible. I put a squirt in my espresso every morning, and do use it to make limeade or lemonade. I guess it’s more of a habit. I’ve never loved sugar much. I can’t even have a mojito because it sickens me seeing all of the sugar getting mulled with the mint. I won’t ingest any chemical sugars, but stevia really is a plant. And I’m not trying to pretend that this is a healthier margarita! So, to me, stevia is good, in that this brand tastes good, and I like that’s it’s an alternative to sugar. I wouldn’t even call stevia a fake sugar. Hope that helps.

      • David Scott Allen August 15, 2019 at 7:09 PM

        Thanks! I will have to give it a try. (Sorry I’m such a skeptic!)

  8. Susan@savoringtimeinthekitchen August 13, 2019 at 12:08 PM - Reply

    We love margaritas in this house and love the idea of grapefruit juice rather than lime juice, both tart juices. We always use fresh juice too to make them taste even more fresh. Love that new juicer of yours!

    • chef mimi August 14, 2019 at 10:26 AM - Reply

      It’s really nice. Unfortunately it took me having arthritic thumbs to buy the darn thing. But everyone should have one! I love margaritas made with orange juice!

  9. StefanGourmet August 13, 2019 at 12:52 PM - Reply

    That’s a great heavy-duty juicer!

    • chef mimi August 13, 2019 at 2:54 PM - Reply

      Yes, but not even that heavy to bring up from the basement! Works so well.

      • StefanGourmet August 13, 2019 at 3:15 PM

        I used to have a similar one but hated the cleaning. The one I have now takes a bit more work when juicing, but goes into the dishwasher.

      • chef mimi August 13, 2019 at 3:24 PM

        Oh that’s nice. Real juicers are such a pain to clean from my experience, which is why I don’t own one now. This is just for citrus and you wash 3 little parts.

  10. Emma @ Bake Then Eat August 13, 2019 at 9:39 PM - Reply

    Man these look so refreshing!

    • chef mimi August 14, 2019 at 10:26 AM - Reply

      They really were. I really dislike sweet margaritas.

  11. kitchenriffs August 14, 2019 at 10:16 AM - Reply

    Love a good Paloma! No one knows how it got its name, but in Spanish it means the “Dove.” One theory is it was named after a popular Spanish song written in the 1850s. BTW, the original recipe uses grapefruit soda, not juice (Squirt was probably the original grapefruit soda). Anyway, good drink.

    • chef mimi August 14, 2019 at 10:28 AM - Reply

      Well I don’t know if I made the original or not, but we sure didn’t like it! We had spindrift grapefruit soda that day as well, playing with that as an ingredient. But I love what my daughter came up with!

  12. cookingontheweekends August 14, 2019 at 4:03 PM - Reply

    Ruby Red grapefruits are my favorite! Beautiful drink, Mimi! :-)

    • chef mimi August 14, 2019 at 4:48 PM - Reply

      Thank you! I love them, too!

  13. sippitysup August 15, 2019 at 12:29 PM - Reply

    First tomato pie and now this. Another summer classic in my house. It’s like you
    re reading my mind (or should I say belly?). GREG

    • chef mimi August 15, 2019 at 1:40 PM - Reply

      HAHAHAHAHAHA! You’re welcome!

  14. Gerlinde August 21, 2019 at 10:43 PM - Reply

    Where did you get your Stevia? I would love to get a bottle like that. It looks like a great Margarita. Prost!

    • chef mimi August 22, 2019 at 6:28 AM - Reply

      Like most everything else, I get my stevia at Amazon! They sell 2 ounce bottles and 4 ounce bottles. It’s really handy for my occasional lime ade. A couple of squeezed limes and a little squirt of stevia and it’s a healthy refreshing drink!

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