Sparkling Paloma Cocktails

Sparkling Paloma Cocktails

Happy (almost) new year and also – happy citrus season! If you were thinking “hmm… maybe margaritas for new years eve this year?” then you’ve come to the right place. Well almost.

I originally planned to make a version of my go-to pomegranate cocktail when these sweet ruby red grapefruits showed up in my Farmhouse box last week. It was a lovely surprise because, well, I’ve been over-doing it on the pomegranates lately and I love the idea of a pink drink instead. While Jack is not a fan of grapefruit in general, he loves palomas which are essentially grapefruit margaritas.

This is a slightly lighter take on the traditional recipe – I use agave nectar instead of simple syrup, and add a few splashes of sparkling water to make these bright and bubbly.

We usually drink these in the summertime, but citrus is at its best right now around here so we broke out the tequila and the tortilla chips anyway!

Sparkling Paloma Cocktails

5.0 from 3 reviews
Sparkling Paloma Cocktails
Serves: 4 to 6 drinks
  • ¾ cup fresh grapefruit juice, plus extra wedges for garnish
  • 3 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • ¾ cup tequila
  • ¾ cup sparkling water, (I like Topo Chico)
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • ice
  1. Stir together the grapefruit juice, lime juice, agave nectar, tequila, and sparkling water. Adjust sweetness and tartness to your liking.
  2. Pour into glasses filled with ice. Garnish with grapefruit wedges and thyme sprigs.


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  1. maria anne on said:

    looks so good!!
    I NEED to know where that bottle opener is from. It’s AMAZING.


  2. Roxana from on said:

    I’m excited about citrus season as well, and these cocktails look lovely! 🙂 Have a great new year’s!

  3. This looks so tasty! I am also very excited for citrus season. Not only are the oranges (etc) delicious, they are tasty just in time for cold season. Anytime my husband starts to feel a little under the weather, I push water and oranges on him hard and that usually helps, haha. Happy New Year! – Charlie,

  4. Allyson from on said:

    Oh, I love palomas. These look fantastic, especially with the addition of thyme.

  5. Lisa Bryan from on said:

    I’m typically not a fan of grapefruit either (all other citrus – YES!) – but this sounds amazing! I think I’ll have to give it a try and see if it changes my mind. 😉

  6. Gaby Dalkin from on said:

    Now this is 100% my kind of drink! A little summer dreaming in the winter time is just what we need.

  7. Christine on said:

    This recipe was made for me! Thanks L&L!

  8. Jessie from on said:

    Another addition to my cocktail recipes! Thanks for this! Happy new Year!

  9. Jessie from on said:

    Another addition to my cocktail recipes! Thanks for this! Happy new Year!

  10. annie from on said:

    These sound so refreshing! And I’m all for fruity, “summer” drinks in the winter. So much of cold weather food is spicy and heavy, so you need something lighter to wash it down with.

  11. Claudia on said:

    This is a delicious cocktail recipe. I made a double batch for my book club. The fresh squeezed grapefruit balanced out the tequila nicely. I’d make this again.

    • Hi Claudia, I’m so glad you loved them!! xoxo

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