This Paloma is a fresh spin on your favorite margarita and a surefire way to get a good party going. An ice-cold cocktail is always the perfect way to beat the late summer Southern heat, and this traditional mix of fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and salt (for rimming the glasses) is spiced up with fresh grapefruit juice to give a great sweet-and-tart blend. Whether you're hoping to whip up a big batch to sip by the pool or planning for a girls' trip to the beach, these are a delicious excuse to enjoy an afternoon outside. And, of course, you can't forget to add in a hearty helping of tequila! In this recipe, the Tequila Ocho Plata has a clean, mild flavor perfect for a well-made, strong drink (as they should be!). This cocktail is also a great way to entertain a crowd at an outdoor party or fiesta-style get-together, complete with colorful placemats, wicker hurricanes and sombreros. You can even make them a few hours ahead of time and chill in decorative bottles or pitchers, ready to shake and serve when guests arrive. If you prefer a sugar rim instead of a salt rim, feel free to go for it. We prefer how salt cuts the sweetness and sourness of the drink, but you can have both salt and sugar out ready for each person to choose from. And, be sure to top each glass with an extra grapefruit wedge before serving; some people like some extra juice for flavor—and it's super cute! The only other tip we could give is to make sure you have plenty of supplies for more batches of this fresh cocktail.

By Larry McGuire, McGuire Moorman Hospitality


Credit: Stephen Karlisch

Recipe Summary

Serves 1


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Instructions Checklist
  • Fill a metal cocktail shaker halfway with ice, and add the tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. Cover with lid and shake until chilled. Strain and serve over crushed ice in a salt-rimmed glass. Top with club soda.