Big batch cocktails are a no-stress way to keep both party guests and host happy. Most people think of the margarita as an easy drink to make in batches, but might we suggest mixing it up a little with a different citrus and tequila beverage? If you're not familiar with paloma drink recipes, here's a keeper you'll want on hand for all your parties.

The paloma, like the margarita, is a Mexican favorite. The main difference is that paloma drink recipes use grapefruit as the starring citrus, with lime in a supporting role. The paloma is fizzy and refreshing, perfect for sipping poolside or accompanying Taco Tuesday dinners. Or if you're reading this in the dead of winter and you're lucky enough for it to be citrus season, grab some fresh grapefruit juice and lime juice for the perfect hint of summer.

The Paloma cocktail couldn't be simpler. It's equal amounts of silver tequila and grapefruit juice, with fresh lime juice and agave for a touch of sweetness. Let the citrus and agave mix chill first, then add the tequila and a bit of salt. When your friends arrive, pour over ice in a highball glass or a collins glass, add club soda or sparkling water, and garnish with grapefruit wedges. You can also run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass for an extra citrus pop.

Enjoy this cocktail recipe that's summer in a glass, no matter what time of year it is! I know I love a Paloma any time.

Want an easier recipe? Mix together grapefruit soda, like Jarritos, Fresca, or Squirt, and pour in the Blanco tequila. Make it salty by coating the rim of a highball glass with lime and dipping it in kosher salt. Yum!

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Big Batch Paloma Cocktails 

Prep Time: 1 hour | Cook Time:



  • 2 2/3 cups tequila
  • 2 2/3 cups grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 tbs agave nectar (Or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 10 oz Sparkling water (More or less, to top off individual servings)


In a large pitcher, stir together the grapefruit juice, lime juice, water, and agave. Chill for 1 hour.

Stir in the tequila and salt.

To serve, fill a glass 3/4 full with ice, pour in enough drink base to reach that same 3/4 full mark, then top with of sparkling water. Garnish with grapefruit or lime wedges. Enjoy!


Traditionally, this cocktail is made with grapefruit soda. But we find for big batches, it's more refreshing and flavorful to use actual fruit juice.

Nutrition Facts
Big Batch Paloma Cocktails
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1855 Calories from Fat 4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.4g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.05g 0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.05g
Sodium 978mg 41%
Potassium 678mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 100g 33%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 75g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin C 236%
Calcium 72%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.