Paloma Cocktail with Honey Simple Syrup

Three paloma cocktails on a serving tray with ice.

This Paloma Cocktail with Honey Simple Syrup is a refreshing, citrus cocktail made with tequilla and a splash of soda water. Serve it on the rocks with a salted rim and enjoy!

Summer is finally here in the Pacific Northwest and it’s begging for time on the patio, a few good magazines to sink into and at least one of these paloma cocktails!

Have you ever tried a paloma? It’s a tequila cocktail that’s light and refreshing with just a bit of effervescence. My version of the traditional paloma cocktail is naturally sweetened with a honey simple syrup and served on the rocks with a citrus salt rim.

How do you make honey simple syrup?

I’m a huge fan of using honey in cocktails. It adds sweetness without using refined sugars, plus it lends an extra element of richness and a creamy flavor. To make the honey simple syrup for this recipe, you simply combine equal parts honey and water in a saucepan. Heat it until the mixture is combined and smooth and then let it cool. That’s all there is to it!

How do you use honey simple syrup?

We’re going to add in two teaspoons of the honey simple syrup to each paloma cocktail. And you’ll definitely have plenty of honey simple syrup on hand to make cocktail after cocktail. If you have leftover honey simple syrup, it will keep in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. It’s great in iced tea, hot green tea or drizzled on top of sorbet. It also goes into this yummy cocktail, The Bees Knees.

How do you make a paloma cocktail?

I first like to rim my glass with some salt. My preference is using my own homemade citrus salts (which are so easy to make and make perfect gifts). Then, fill your glass with ice and add in tequilla, soda water, grapefruit juice, lime juice and a bit of the honey simple syrup. Give it a good stir and enjoy!

Tray of palomas ready to drinl.

I hope that you all enjoy this paloma cocktail as much as I do! I love it’s pretty pink color and the combination of the salted rim with that bitter grapefruit and the tangy lime juice. I like to think of it as the answer to when you want a tequilla cocktail, but you don’t want something as syrupy sweet as a margarita… Cheers!

Three paloma cocktails on a serving tray with ice.

Paloma Cocktail

Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cocktail, paloma, tequila
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 198 kcal
Author: Platings & Pairings

This Paloma Cocktail with Honey Simple Syrup is a refreshing, citrus cocktail made with tequilla and a splash of soda water. Serve it on the rocks with a salted rim and enjoy! 

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Ingredients

Honey Simple Syrup

  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup water

Cocktail

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces soda water
  • 2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey syrup
  • ice as needed
  • grapefruit wedges for garnish
  • salt for rimming

Instructions

Honey Simple Syrup

  1. Combine water and honey in a small saucepan. Heat over medium, stirring often, until the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Cocktail

  1. Moisten the rim of serving glass with a grapefruit wedge. Pour salt into small dish. Turn your glass upside down and twist glass around to salt the rim.
  2. Fill serving glass with ice.
  3. Pour in all ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

If you loved this Paloma Cocktail I would appreciate it so much if you would give this recipe a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished drink and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings.

Nutrition Facts
Paloma Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198
% Daily Value*
Sodium 22mg 1%
Potassium 91mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Sugars 16g
Vitamin C 23.9%
Iron 4.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Hand reaching for paloma cocktail.

 

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16 comments

  1. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

    I HAD to pin this one because it’ll be such a fun summer cocktail! My in laws are coming to visit in a few weeks and I know my mother in law would love this!

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  2. Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life

    What a gorgeous cocktail! I’m always looking for new cocktail ideas for by the pool in the summer! Adding this one to the menu!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Michelle – This one definitely makes me think of warmer weather!

      Reply

  3. Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago

    This one is definitely on my list for patio cocktails – as soon as it gets warm enough for the patio!!

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    1. Erin

      I’m hoping that happens any day now Kathryn!!!

      Reply

  4. Hillary

    My favorite summer cocktail! Adding honey simple syrup sounds amazing. Definitely pinning this for this weekend!

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    1. Erin

      I hope you love it Hillary – Cheers!

      Reply

  5. Summer Sorensen

    That looks delicious! I wouldn’t have thought to use fresh grapefruit in a cocktail apart from a Consuelo, but I might have to try this!

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  6. Summer Sorensen

    Looks delicious! I’ll have to give this a try!

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    1. Erin

      I hope you enjoy Summer!

      Reply

  7. Pech

    So smart, Ive never thought of using honey instead of sugar for simple syrups, doh!!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      It ends up being pretty delicious Pech – Just another layer of flavor!

      Reply

  8. Jenni LeBaron

    Yes! I just used honey simple syrup in one of my recipes and I love it. It makes me feel so much better about having a little sugar when it’s not refined. These sound super refreshing!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks so much Jenni – I hope you enjoy!

      Reply

  9. Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life

    Oh these are SO pretty, Erin!! I am normally not a fan of grapefruit, but I do love that flavor in cocktails. What a fabulous summer drink. Cheers!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Marlynn – Cheers to you too!

      Reply

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