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Strawberry Palomas are a fun, bright cocktail! Each glass is full of muddled strawberries, vibrant grapefruit juice, tequila and lemon-lime soda for the ultimate drink. Sit back, relax and sip down these delicious Palomas!

What is the Difference Between a Paloma and a Margarita?

If you’re like me, you may be thinking, “Aren’t Palomas and margaritas the same?” Great question! Even though they are both made with tequila, there are some differences.  Let’s break down the difference between a Paloma and a margarita:

Palomas are tequila based with grapefruit juice and sparkling water or lemon-lime soda for a fizzy effect. Whereas, margaritas are tequila based along with an orange liqueur and lime juice. 

How do you choose a favorite? Well, it’s a good thing we don’t have to! Palomas and Margaritas are both delicious and iconic in their own ways. 

Looking for a margarita recipe? Check these out!

Watermelon Margaritas

Sparkling Lemon Lime Margaritas

Strawberry Smash Peach Margaritas

Apple Cider Margaritas

Strawberry Paloma Ingredients

Making a fun, delicious cocktail at home shouldn’t require a lot of hassle. That’s why I developed these Strawberry Palomas to be short and sweet. Here’s the ingredients you will need:

  • Fresh strawberries – I usually do 2-3 strawberries per glass depending on how large the strawberries are! Cutting them into chunks will help when you are muddling them.
  • Grapefruit juice – You can find this in most grocery stores, but my go-to is always Trader Joe’s grapefruit juice!
  • Tequila – We always have a bottle of Silver Tequila in our cupboards for occasions like these.
  • Lemon-Lime Soda – Sprite is always stocked in my garage refrigerator, but other brands will work great too!
  • Ice – Cubed or crushed – whatever your preference is! Mine is crushed.

Garnish Ideas

Looking to make that paloma pop?! Add on some garnishes! Beautify your cocktail with simple ingredients that are already in the drink itself:

  • Lime wedges
  • Lemon wedges/rings
  • Grapefruit wedges/rings
  • Salted glass rim – try pink Himalayan salt for extra color!

Strawberry Palomas are the perfect cocktail for so many different occasions. Date night, parties, taco night, girls night….the list could go on and on! Try one out for yourself to see what all the hype is about.

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Strawberry Palomas

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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Paloma or 1 Pitcher 1x


Strawberry Palomas are a fun, bright cocktail! Each glass is full of muddled strawberries, vibrant grapefruit juice, tequila and lemon-lime soda for the ultimate drink. Sit back, relax and sip down these delicious Palomas!



For a Single Serving 10oz Glass:

  • 23 fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1 shot of tequila
  • 1/3 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1/3 cup crushed ice
  • Lemon-lime soda for topping off

For a pitcher:

  • 1 pound strawberries, chopped
  • 5 shots of tequila
  • 2 1/2 cups grapefruit juice
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • Lemon-lime soda for topping off

Garnish ideas:

  • Lime wedges,
  • Lemon wedges/rings
  • Grapefruit wedges/rings
  • Salted glass rims


For the Single Serving Glass:

  1. Place the strawberries in the bottom of the glass and gently muddle to break them up. Pour in the tequila and the grapefruit juice. Add in the crushed ice.
  2. Top the drink off with lemon-lime soda until the glass is filled. Garnish as desired and enjoy!

For the pitcher:

  1. Place the strawberries into the bottom of the pitcher and gently muddle to break them up. Pour in the tequila and the grapefruit juice. Add in the ice.
  2. Top the pitcher off with lemon-lime soda until it is filled to desired level. Garnish as desired and serve immediately.


  • If you are salting the rims of the glasses, do so before you start building your cocktail. Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of your glass and dip it into the salt.
  • I use Silver Tequila for this recipe.

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