Best Skinny Paloma Cocktail Recipe (With Fresh Grapefruit)

If you’re on the hunt for a Skinny Paloma Cocktail recipe that’s bursting with flavor but not with sugar, you’ve come to the right place! I’m all about enjoying the zesty taste of grapefruit, especially in a refreshing Paloma during those sweltering summer months.

But, like many of you, I’ve been cutting back on sugar for a healthier lifestyle. That’s why I’ve perfected this Paloma recipe – it’s light, delicious, and doesn’t rely on any added sweeteners. But for those who prefer a touch of sweetness, I’ve got a nifty trick up my sleeve. So, let’s get started and whip up a Skinny Paloma that’s I’m sure will become your new summer favorite!

What is a Paloma?

A Paloma is one of my favorite Mexican cocktails, and it’s perfect for hot summer days. Traditionally, it’s made with tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, lime juice, agave syrup, and a splash of soda for some fizz. The combination of tart grapefruit and smooth tequila, with a hint of sweetness from the agave, makes it the perfect summer drink. My version, the Skinny Paloma cocktail, is a lighter take on this classic. I skip the added sugars and focus on the fresh, natural flavors and include no-sugar alternatives . It’s a simple yet delicious cocktail that’s always a hit at my get togethers!

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice, from about half a large grapefruit
  • 1 1/2 oz tequila, preferably blanco for a lighter taste
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • Sparkling water, for added bubbles and flavor
  • Kosher salt, perfect for rimming the glass
  • Ice cubes
  • Grapefruit slice and lime wedge, for garnish
  • A few drops of liquid Stevia, adjust to taste (OPTIONAL)

How To Make The Skinny Paloma Cocktail

  1. Rim a glass with Kosher salt by running a lime wedge around the edge and dipping it into the salt.
  2. In a shaker, combine the fresh grapefruit juice, tequila, lime juice, and optionally you can add a few drops of liquid Stevia with ice.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into the prepared glass filled with ice.
  5. Top with your favorite sparkling water to your liking.
  6. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and a lime wedge.

My Variations for the Skinny Paloma

When I’m whipping up a Skinny Paloma, I love playing with different flavors to keep things interesting. Here are some of my favorite twists:

Flavored Sparkling Water

  • Grapefruit: I stick to the classic to amp up the grapefruit flavor for an extra flavor punch.
  • Lime: Sometimes I add a twist with lime-flavored sparkling water, which pairs perfectly with the fresh grapefruit juice.
  • Orange: For a sweeter touch, I might even go for orange-flavored sparkling water. It adds a fun, fruity flavor.

Other Zero Sugar Sweeteners

  • Monk Fruit Sweetener: I usually have this or Stevia in my pantry – so if I want a hint of sweetness without any added sugar I might use a few drop of Monk fruit sweetener instead of Stevia.

Garnish Ideas

When I’m making a Skinny Paloma, I love to get creative with the garnishes. It’s a fun way to add some extra flair and flavor to the drink. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Rosemary Sprig: Adding a sprig of rosemary not only looks elegant but also brings a hint of a beautiful aroma.
  • Jalapeño Slice: If I’m feeling spicy, I like to add a thin slice of jalapeño. It gives the drink a nice kick that’s perfect if you like a little heat.
  • Pink Salt Rim: To keep it aesthetic, sometimes I go for a pink Himalayan salt rim. Just a bit adds a nice color to the rim!

Pairing Suggestions

One of the best things about a Skinny Paloma is how well it pairs with different foods. Here are some of my go-to pairings if you’re making it for a get together:

  • Light Appetizers: Fresh ceviche or shrimp cocktail are great choices that complement the refreshing taste of the cocktail.
  • Seafood Dishes: Grilled fish tacos or a light seafood salad pair beautifully with the citrusy notes of the Paloma.
  • Mexican-Inspired Snacks: Guacamole and chips or a spicy salsa are perfect for munching on while sipping your Skinny Paloma.

Mocktail Version Of The Skinny Paloma

If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic version of the Skinny Paloma, I’ve got you covered. Here’s how I make mine:

  • Substitute Tequila: Replace the tequila with additional grapefruit-flavored sparkling water or a non-alcoholic Tequila (yes, there are some out there!)
  • Adjust Sweetness: Since you’re omitting the tequila, you might want to adjust the sweetness to your taste. A little extra lime juice or an extra squeeze of grapefruit juice can help balance the flavors.
  • Garnish as Usual: Don’t forget to add your favorite garnishes for that extra touch.

Final Sip

That’s it – my take on the Skinny Paloma! I find it to be the perfect balance of tart and refreshing, without any of the guilt from added sugars. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or just kicking back on a sunny day, this cocktail is a great choice. I hope you have fun experimenting with the garnishes and variations to make it your own.

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Skinny Paloma Cocktail (With Fresh Grapefruit)

If you’re on the hunt for a Skinny Paloma Cocktail recipe that’s bursting with flavor but not with sugar, you’ve come to the right place! I’m all about enjoying the zesty taste of grapefruit, especially in a refreshing Paloma during those sweltering summer months. But, like many of you, I’ve been cutting back on sugar for a healthier lifestyle. That’s why I’ve perfected this Paloma recipe – it’s light, delicious, and doesn’t rely on any added sweeteners. But for those who prefer a touch of sweetness, I’ve got a nifty trick up my sleeve. So, let’s get started and whip up a Skinny Paloma that’s I’m sure will become your new summer favorite!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 1 cocktail

Ingredients
  

  • 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice from about half a large grapefruit
  • 1 1/2 oz tequila preferably blanco for a lighter taste
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • Sparkling water for added bubbles and flavor
  • Kosher salt perfect for rimming the glass
  • Ice cubes
  • Grapefruit slice and lime wedge for garnish
  • A few drops of liquid Stevia adjust to taste (OPTIONAL)

Instructions
 

  • Rim a glass with Kosher salt by running a lime wedge around the edge and dipping it into the salt.
  • In a shaker, combine the fresh grapefruit juice, tequila, lime juice, and optionally you can add a few drops of liquid Stevia with ice.
  • Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  • Strain the mixture into the prepared glass filled with ice.
  • Top with your favorite sparkling water to your liking.
  • Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and a lime wedge.

Notes

When I’m making a Skinny Paloma, I love to get creative with the garnishes. It’s a fun way to add some extra flair and flavor to the drink. Here are a few of my favorites:
Rosemary Sprig: Adding a sprig of rosemary not only looks elegant but also brings a hint of a beautiful aroma.
Jalapeño Slice: If I’m feeling spicy, I like to add a thin slice of jalapeño. It gives the drink a nice kick that’s perfect if you like a little heat.
Pink Salt Rim: To keep it aesthetic, sometimes I go for a pink Himalayan salt rim. Just a bit adds a nice color to the rim!
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