Grilled Grapefruit Paloma Cocktail


Here's a fired up twist on a traditional Mexican cocktail. You'll grill the grapefruit and lime to caramelize the fruit and give the juice a subtle smoky edge. Stir it up with tequila or mescal and top with club soda for a refreshing drink that's perfect all summer long.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
2 cocktails


  • 2 limes

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 red grapefruit, halved widthwise

  • ¼ cup kosher salt

  • 1 cup ice cubes, or as needed

  • 4 fluid ounces tequila

  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup, or to taste

  • 4 fluid ounces club soda


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  2. Cut limes in half widthwise. Cut 1 half into 3 wheels.

  3. Pour sugar into a shallow bowl. Dip lime halves, 2 of the lime wheels, and grapefruit into sugar to coat thoroughly.

  4. Place limes and grapefruit cut-side down on the hot grill. Cook, turning lime wheels occasionally, until browned and grill marks form, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet to cool.

  5. Rub remaining lime wheel over the rim of 2 highball glasses. Dip rims in kosher salt. Fill glasses with ice.

  6. Juice grilled lime halves and grapefruit into a small pitcher. Pour in any juices that accumulated on the baking sheet. Stir in tequila and simple syrup. Divide mixture between glasses and top off with club soda. Garnish with grilled lime wheels.

Cook's Note:

The limes will cook more quickly than the grapefruit.

Editor's Note:

Please note differences in ingredient amounts when following the magazine version of this recipe, and the addition of mezcal for a smokier version.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

344 Calories
0g Fat
56g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 344
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 11390mg 495%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 21%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 37g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 80mg 398%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 231mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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