Grilled Paloma Cocktail

by Pamela

Grilled Paloma Cocktail

This grilled paloma cocktail will amp up your cocktail game. Smoky pink grapefruit, fresh lime and tequila and you’re on your way.

The paloma cocktail is almost as popular as the margarita when it comes to mixing cocktails with Mexican food, but grilling the grapefruit really adds a nice smoky depth to your drink.

I first had this grilled paloma when I was on a recent trip to Hawaii. It was the perfect refreshing drink to start off my evening. Given the nasty, cold weather we’ve been having here recently, I’ve been wishing I was back on that Hawaiian beach.

Grilled Paloma Cocktail

I know that it’s probably really cold and snowy where you are, but it’s really worth it to brush the snow off your grill, fire it up and grill up a bunch of grapefruit halves for this cocktail. Although, if you really don’t want to do that, you could break out your handy dandy grill pan and do these on the stove top too. That’ll work just fine. I wouldn’t want you to get frostbite just to make a cocktail.

This grilled paloma cocktail tastes amazing with freshly grilled fish.

So here’s to the weekend (it seemed to be a long time coming, even though this was a short week)!

Grilled Paloma Cocktail
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This grilled paloma cocktail will amp up your cocktail game. Smoky pink grapefruit, fresh lime and tequila and you're on your way.
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 1
  • 1 pink grapefruit
  • ½ lime
  • 1½ ounces tequila
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar (optional)
  • kosher salt
  • lime zest
  1. Cut grapefruit in half and place onto hot grill. Grill for 8-10 minutes (can also be done on an oiled stove top grill pan).
  2. Remove grapefruit halves from grill and let cool about 10 minutes.
  3. Juice the grapefruit into a small container.
  4. Into a ice filled shaker add 2 ounces grapefruit juice, tequila, juice from ½ lime and agave nectar (if using).
  5. Cover and shake.
  6. Mix the salt and lime zest on a plate.
  7. Wet the rim of your glass with water or grapefruit juice then dip the rim into the salt and zest mixture.
  8. Add ice to the glass and strain cocktail into glass.
  9. Serve
You may find that your grapefruit is sweet enough and you don't need to add the agave nectar.


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CakeSpy January 6, 2018 at 2:55 pm

GRILLED GRAPEFRUIT!?? Where has this cocktail been all my life. Of course this was on Jameson’s radar too 🙂

Pamela January 7, 2018 at 9:41 am

I was thinking the same thing when I tried the cocktail the first time. 🙂 You’re really going to like this one.

Jameson January 5, 2018 at 12:16 pm

There’s a BBQ place in Seattle that does an Old Fashioned with smoked oranges. Wonder what this cocktail would be like with smoked grapefruit?

Pamela January 5, 2018 at 2:54 pm

Hi Jameson, that old fashioned sounds fantastic!!! You’ll have to try the grapefruit and let me know what you think.

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