Honey Paloma

by James Stevenson

Today I am sharing a twist on the classic Paloma cocktail. I have always loved the Paloma and like to add a touch of freshness to it by putting fresh grapefruit juice in my version and top with some grapefruit soda. I was walking around the market recently and there was a man selling honeycomb acquired fresh from the hive. This inspired me to create a cocktail that featured a hint of honey as a sweetener. Honey is a perfect accompaniment to grapefruit because of the balance it brings to the natural bitterness of the grapefruit. The honey produces a sweet but mellow flavor to this tequila cocktail and the salted rim enhances the flavors within the Paloma even more without being too overpowering. I also enjoyed the effervescence of the grapefruit soda to top everything off.

, Honey Paloma


  • 1.5 ounces tequila
  • 3 ounces of fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce of lime juice
  • 1.5 teaspoons of honey syrup
  • top with grapefruit soda
  • 1/2 cup of ice

Garnish: flowers or grapefruit wedge


  1. In a cocktail shaker add tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, honey syrup, and ice
  2. Rim serving glass with salt
  3. Shake for 20 seconds and then pour mixture into serving glass
  4. Top with grapefruit soda

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