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Tequila-Grapefruit Cocktails

Pernille Pedersen

Yield: Yields 2

This cocktail is a riff on the classic combination of tequila and grapefruit soda known as a Paloma. Here, fresh grapefruit juice and grapefruit-infused tequila add bright, citrusy flavor to the drink, while elderflower liqueur adds a touch of sweetness.


  • 4 fl. oz. (1/2 cup) grapefruit-infused silver (blanco) tequila (see note below), preferably Partida (or Don Julio Blanco or El Mejor)
  • 2 fl. oz. (1/4 cup) fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1-1/2 fl. oz. (3 Tbs.) St-Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 1 fl. oz. (2 Tbs.) fresh lime juice
  • Club soda
  • Grapefruit twists or lime wedges, for garnish

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 230
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 0
  • Fat (g): 0
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 0
  • Carbohydrates (g): 13
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 0


  • Put the tequila, grapefruit juice, St-Germain, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Cover and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into 2 double old fashioned glasses filled with fresh ice, and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with a twist or a wedge of lime.

    Note: To make the grapefruit-infused tequila, shave the zest from 2 grapefruits with a vegetable peeler. Add the zest to a 750-ml bottle of silver tequila (pour off enough tequila to make room for the zest). Chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 days and up to 2 weeks. Remove the zest after 2 weeks. The tequila will keep indefinitely once the zest is removed.


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Reviews (2 reviews)

  • Terri_O | 07/12/2012

    Didn't use infused tequila but still good. I've actually been making this drink in almost the same proportions without the club soda, shaken in a cocktail shaker and served up. Friends love it!

  • perlafam | 04/10/2011

    Yummy!! wouldn't change a thing.

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