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Watermelon Palomas

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A refreshing twist on the classic Mexican cocktail. Think a salted margarita but add freshly pureed watermelon juice, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and a float of Squirt for sparkle.


  • small watermelon - about half (4 cups chopped)
  • grapefruits - 2-3
  • limes - 4
  • tequila blanco - 2 cups
  • grapefruit soda - 1 bottle or can
  • coarse salt - to garnish
  • + lime (grapefruit and watermelon slices - for garnish)


  1. Using a blender or food processor, blend the heck out of half of a small watermelon and strain. You want about about 2 cups watermelon juice.
  2. Juice the grapefruits and strain. You should have about 1 cup.
  3. Juice 3 limes and strain. Should be about 1/2 cup.
  4. Blend the three juices and tequila blanco together, chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  5. Moisten the rims of the glasses with the a lime wedge. Spread coarse salt on a small plate, gently dip and swirl the lime kissed glasses in the salt to crust the rims.
  6. Fill the glasses 3/4 full with ice then fill about 3/4 of the glass with juice and tequila mixture. Top off each cocktail with a sparkling splash of grapefruit soda. Stir to combine and sip away the summer heat.


Serves 6-8 depending on the glass size and how big of a drinker you are.
I like to make a batch of Watermelon Paloma Popsicles when I make the Watermelon Palomas since I am already buried in a mess anyhow. The popsicles are an easy and satisfying way to cool down on a hot summer afternoon.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes