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Frozen Palomas

Grapefruit juice, tequila, rock salt, lime juice and agave is all you need to make this summer cocktail that is pretty, cooling and delicious. 

Summer is creeping on us in full swing and cocktails are only fitting at this time. I must admit, this was the first time I was making a Paloma let alone a frozen Paloma but the success of this cocktail has made me freeze an entire cartoon grapefruit juice again. Its a cross between a slushy, cocktail, frozen lolly and dessert. But in saying this you must know that using the best grapefruit juice is a must. If you don’t have access to it, make fresh grapefruit juice at home – it is worth it. 

Having said this, the drink doesn’t require much from you. Everything is blended in a mixer until smooth and frosty. I have used tequila to make this and a traditional Paloma as you should too and it was named after La Paloma (The Dove) a popular song from the 1860s. The cocktail is supposed to be Mexico’s national aperitif that is thirst quenching and refreshing to say the least. The difference between a margarita and a Paloma (as both as tequila, lime and agave cocktails) is the grapefruit juice. A Paloma must have grapefruit juice in it. 

The drink is traditionally served in highball glasses but you would see them served in rock glasses too. I have served them in coupe glasses as they are frozen Palomas and also, they look really pretty in them. You would need to freeze the grapefruit juice ahead of time to ensure the Palomas are blended well. I like doing this the night before.

Food Pairing – 

This is a Mexican drink and that means this cocktail pairs well with tacos – soft shell or hard. Shrimp, chicken, beef or fish tacos all work here. You could also serve this cocktail with quesadillas and some loaded nachos. It would pair well with fish dishes and cheese platters too. As for sweets you can serve these with my Mexcian churros, classic pound cake, chocolate torte, etc. 

Now that we have discussed how to make these Frozen Palomas, let us get blending. Happy Drinking Ninjas!

Frozen Palomas

Grapefruit juice, tequila, rock salt, lime juice and agave is all you need to make this summer cocktail that is pretty, cooling and delicious.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Freeze time 4 hours
Course Aperitif, Breakfast, Brunch, Cocktail, Cocktails, Drinks, Finger food, High Tea, Party, Sun Downer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2 Cocktails


  • Blender
  • Spoon


  • 1 1/4 cup Grapefruit juice frozen cubes
  • 30 ml Lime juice
  • 90 ml Tequila
  • 30 ml Agave syrup
  • Rock salt


  • Grapefruit slices


  • Pour the grapefruit juice in an ice tray. Let it freeze for a few hours.
  • Transfer the grapefruit juice ice cubes, lime juice, tequila, agave syrup into a blender and mix until smooth and creamy.
  • Using a lime wedge wipe the rim of the cocktail glass until damp, dunk into salt and gently pour over the frozen Paloma mixture. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit. Serve.


  • You can use any sweetener of your choice.
  • You must serve this drink immediately.


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