Strawberry Basil Paloma

by James Stevenson

The Paloma is a perfect example of a great cocktail that can be made without limes if you like. I love ordering Palomas when I go out because they provide some variety from the regular usually over sweetened Margarita. A traditional Paloma consists of tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda.

, Strawberry Basil Paloma

I really like to stray from tradition so I have cut the limes out and added fresh grapefruit juice, basil, and strawberries. The strawberries in this drink make it amazing! They add a slight sweetness while delighting the appetite with fresh fruit. The basil also adds a fresh component that really enhances the tequila. This drink could easily be made into a beautiful Paloma punch by muddling the ingredients in big batches and topping it off with squirt soda. Forget the limes go for the grapefruit and make this Strawberry Basil Paloma.

, Strawberry Basil Paloma


  • 1.5 ounces of tequila
  • ½ grapefruit, juiced
  • 2 strawberries, chopped
  • 5 basil leaves
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 bottle of squirt soda
  • 1 orange, juiced

Garnish: Basil, strawberries and salt rim


  1. Fill shaker with tequila, grapefruit juice, chopped strawberries, ice and basil leaves.
  2. Shake for 20 seconds
  3. Rim serving glass with salt (I used a clear mason jar)
  4. Pour mixture into serving glass and top off with squirt soda
  5. Garnish with basil and strawberries

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