Easy Pitcher Palomas
These easy pitcher palomas are a refreshing and fizzy margarita alternative that are perfect for any party or summer gathering!
While I love a good margarita, palomas also rank right up there as one of my favorite cocktails. When you think “Mexican cocktails” your mind probably goes immediately to the margarita, but palomas are actually the far more popular drink in Mexico! This is for good reason: they are refreshing, and perfectly balanced. A paloma has the bittersweetness of grapefruit, the acidity of lime juice, tequila, the sweetness and fizz of the traditionally used grapefruit soda, and a salted rim, so it speaks to all of your areas of taste. Even if grapefruit isn't usually your favorite citrus, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised by these pitcher palomas.
For these pitcher palomas, we are nixing the soda in favor of sparkling water, fresh grapefruit juice, and a touch of honey for sweetness, plus we are making a big batch that is perfect for parties. Palomas lend themselves especially well to hot days, so think poolside sips, summer holidays, and any gathering of friends and family. The best part is that these are so easy to make, so you can make them well in advance of a party so you don't have to play bartender all night!
To make these pitcher palomas even easier, I prefer to buy freshly squeezed lime and grapefruit juice from my local grocery store, that way if you do need to make another batch you don't have to go through the additional trouble of squeezing more juice. If you do go this route, make sure you are using freshly squeezed (same day) juice, not the juice in the refrigerated or bottled section of the store, otherwise the freshness of the cocktail will be greatly affected. I find mine at Whole Foods and HEB. I used honey to sweeten these naturally in place of the soda.
Honey is my go-to simple syrup replacement because it lends a neutral flavor to cocktails and dissolves easily. I recommend tasting as you go as you may need to add more honey depending on the sweetness of the grapefruit. For serving, run a lime wedge around the rim of a glass, dip in coarse salt, then add a grapefruit slice, crushed ice, and the paloma.
I hope you enjoy these!
PS – if you're looking for more tequila cocktails to make this summer, here are a few others I've crafted!
Easy Pitcher Palomas
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 8
- 4 cups fresh grapefruit juice
- 2 cups sparkling water
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 1/2 cups tequila (8 shots)
- 1 lime, cut into wedges, for garnish
- Coarse salt for rim
- 1 grapefruit, thinly sliced, for garnish
For the Paloma Pitcher:
- Add the grapefruit juice, lime juice, tequila, sparkling water, and honey in a large pitcher and stir to combine.
For the Individual Drinks:
- Cut a slice in the middle of the lime wedge and run it along the entire rim of the glass, then dip it into the salt.
- Place a grapefruit slice in each glass, fill with ice, then fill each glass with the paloma mixture and serve!