Summer Strawberry Paloma Cocktail Recipe

We love sipping on a reliable and classic cocktail favorite, however, seasonal ingredients never fail to inspire our palates. Whether it's a hot spiced drink or a chilled beverage that incorporates fresh fruit, drinking with the seasons is a creative way to imbibe. Tasting Table recipe developer Jessica Morone brings us this summer strawberry Paloma cocktail that undoubtedly channels the warmer months. "This is a great drink for a summer get-together of any kind," Morone shares.

With sweet ripe strawberries, fresh lime juice, grapefruit soda, and tequila, sipping on this drink allows you to savor the best of all tastes. The winning combination is simultaneously bold and zingy, offering a delightful experience no matter the context. Morone comments, "Palomas in general are such a refreshing fruity summer drink," and notes that "Adding strawberry to this makes it even more fruity and refreshing." She also points out, "Strawberries and tequila are a match made in heaven, they just go so well together." Enjoy strawberry Palomas at a summer barbecue, serve them as an aperitif for a light dinner, or sip on a chilled glass by the pool. 

Gather the ingredients for this summer strawberry Paloma cocktail

For this cocktail, you'll need to slice fresh strawberries to start. Water and granulated sugar are used to make a simple syrup. Next, pick up your favorite tequila, squeeze fresh lime juice, and grab a few cans of grapefruit soda. 

Morone offers ingredient measurements to make four cocktails but says, "You can definitely scale this recipe up to make a pitcher of Palomas and keep it in the fridge." However, she advises, "I just wouldn't add the ice until right before you are ready to serve it, otherwise it will end up watered down."

Make the strawberry syrup

Set a large saucepan on the stovetop and add the sliced strawberries, then pour in the water and sugar. Heat the contents on a medium-high burner until the water starts to boil. At this point, decrease the heat to a simmer and keep cooking the syrup until the color deepens to a dark red hue.

Morone notes that homemade strawberry simple syrup enhances the cocktail. "It's an extra step, but making it is totally worth it because it gives you a great strawberry flavor." She adds, "You can also make it up to two weeks in advance and store it in your fridge until you are ready to use it."

Strain the syrup

You'll want to sip on a dazzlingly clear Paloma, so pour the syrup into a bowl through a fine mesh sieve in order to separate the strawberries. Morone warns against squeezing the fruit to avoid a cloudy result. Set the syrup aside to cool completely.

Combine the cocktail ingredients

Fill half a cocktail shaker with ice to ensure your drink is nice and frosty. When the syrup is cool, add 1 cup of it along with the tequila and lime juice into the shaker. Shake the ingredients vigorously to combine them well together.

Garnish the cocktail and serve

Set out four highball glasses with ice cubes. Strain the liquid from the shaker into the glasses, dividing the portions evenly. Distribute the grapefruit soda between the glasses to add a bubbly mouthfeel and a hint of bitter aromas. Finally, garnish your glass with a piece of strawberry and a thin slice of lime for an added touch.

"I always think tequila based drinks go well with anything spicy, and also with things like nachos," Morone shares. We will happily follow her recommendations!

Summer Strawberry Paloma Cocktail Recipe
5 from 16 ratings
This Paloma cocktail recipe features a homemade strawberry syrup for extra fruity goodness.
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strawberry paloma cocktail with strainer
Total time: 20 minutes
  • 8 ounces strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup tequila
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 cups grapefruit soda
  1. Add the sliced strawberries, water, and sugar to a large saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until boiling.
  2. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes until the liquid is dark red.
  3. Strain the syrup into a bowl, making sure not to press down on the strawberries so the liquid doesn't become cloudy.
  4. Let the syrup cool down.
  5. Add tequila, lime juice, and 1 cup of strawberry syrup to a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice.
  6. Shake well, then strain evenly into 4 highball glasses with ice.
  7. Top evenly with grapefruit soda and garnish with strawberries and lime if desired.
Calories per Serving 341
Total Fat 0.2 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 63.0 g
Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
Total Sugars 59.9 g
Sodium 7.2 mg
Protein 0.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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