The Perfect 4-Ingredient Paloma (Step-by-Step)

Perfect 4-Ingredient Paloma Recipe

The Perfect 4-Ingredient Paloma only takes 5 Minutes so pretty and EASY to make

I love a good cocktail - don't we all? I especially love a pretty, fancy-looking drink to serve my guests but I'm lazy, y'all, and don't want to take too much time or have a lot of cleanup when making drinks. That's why I adore this Paloma recipe. It's 4 ingredients, 5 minutes, and 1 heck of a beautiful and delicious drink. It's the perfect no-fuss cocktail for any soirée, bridal shower, ladies night, or celebratory drink.  No time to waste, let's get to it!

Here's what you'll need:

Only 4 Ingredients in this Perfect Paloma #cocktail

  1. Tequila (I think El Jimador worked quite nicely)
  2. Grapefruit soda (I bought from Trader Joes)
  3. Lime (I used 1 lime per drink)
  4. Sparkling berry lemonade (the pinkish-red bottle also was bought from Trader Joes). Any pink or red sparkling soda with a light, fruity flavor would work fine.

First, you'll fill your shaker or mixing cup halfway with ice, then throw in your shot of tequila (1.25 oz).

The Perfect 4 Ingredient Paloma with El Jimador #tequila

Then, juice 1 lime (you can use a gizmo like this or just squeeze it straight into your mixer) and add to the ice & tequila.

Lime Juice for Perfect 4-Ingredient Paloma

Next, measure out 3 shot glasses (approximately 1 oz. each) of the grapefruit soda and add to the shaker.

Grapefruit Soda in Perfect 4-Ingredient Paloma

Give it a healthy stir for about 5-10 seconds.

Perfect 4-Ingredient Paloma Stirred not Shaken

At this point, pour over your final serving (or drinking) glass filled with rocks.

4-Ingredient Perfect Paloma takes only 5 Minutes to Make

From here, you can top off the drink with sparkling berry lemonade (or any like-substitute). Take a moment to appreciate the colorful ombre effect that happens for a second. It's so pretty! It should settle into a final rosy-pink color within a minute or so. Raise a glass to clink "cheers" with a friend and enjoy!

Pretty 4-Ingredient Paloma that takes only 5 Minutes to Make #cocktail #tequila

 Printable recipe below:

The Perfect 4-Ingredient Paloma
Recipe Type: Drinks
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Easy no-fuss Paloma that takes 4 Ingredients and 5 Minutes to Make.
  • 1.25 oz. tequila
  • 3 oz. Italian grapefruit soda
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. sparkling berry lemonade atop drink for finish
  1. Measure tequila, grapefruit soda, and freshly squeezed lime juice and add into shaker/mixing container pre-filled half-way with ice.
  2. Stir for 5-10 seconds.
  3. Place strainer on top of shaker and pour mixture into final drinking glass filled with ice and optional garnish.
  4. Splash approximately 1 oz. of the sparkling berry lemonade atop the drink for beautiful color and a bit of additional sweetness. Enjoy!

Interested in another easy celebratory cocktail that takes minutes to make but with bubbles? Check out the French 75 here.


*Notes - This is my easy take on the classic Paloma drink recipe.