This luscious frozen Paloma cocktail is a cold citrus explosion

Frozen Paloma
This frozen Paloma recipe includes all the citrus – orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit.

Hello, Tequila, meet Grapefruit and her vivacious sisters Lime, Lemon and Orange. This frozen Paloma cocktail has all the citrus vibes.

Frozen Paloma cocktail includes all the juices

Grapefruit and tequila are the traditional stars of the Paloma, Mexico’s favorite cocktail. And all by itself, that combination can be sublime. But bump up that vitamin C with a healthy dose of orange, lemon and lime? Now, you’ve got a refreshing citrus explosion in every sip.

And frozen? Even better! This is the perfect drink for a hot summer evening — or any other evening.

Frozen Paloma with grapefruit, orange, lemon and lime juice

What is a Paloma?

So what is a Paloma? At its most basic, it’s just tequila and grapefruit soda. But if you see the drink on a cocktail menu, it’s most likely to include fresh grapefruit juice and some kind of syrup as a sweetener.

Paloma means “dove” in Spanish.

This Paloma recipe is basic in that it’s just juice, sweetener and tequila. But what makes it special is the abundance and variety of fresh citrus.

Ingredients for a frozen Paloma cocktail

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • Grapefruits
  • Limes
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Agave syrup
  • Tequila

I like to garnish with a fresh mint leaf.

A fresh mint leaf contrasts beautifully with the frosty orange of the Paloma.

Do you need special equipment for a frozen Paloma cocktail?

This summer I purchased a Ninja Creami Deluxe, and I used it for this Paloma. It did create an amazing frosty texture. But it isn’t necessary. You can use any high-powered blender to whip up this icy concoction.

Frozen paloma cocktail

Recipe by Nana JanaCourse: CocktailsCuisine: CocktailsDifficulty: Medium


  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, separated

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1/3 cup agave syrup

  • 1/2 cup tequila

  • Mint leaves for garnish


  • Stir grapefruit, lime, lemon and 1/4 cup orange juice with the syrup until combined.
  • If using the Ninja Creami Deluxe, pour the juice mixture into two Creami containers and freeze, according to directions. When the juices are thoroughly frozen (Ninja recommends at least 8 hours), remove and pour in 1/4 cup orange and 1/4 cup tequila into each of the 2 containers (1/2 cup of each combined). Process in the Ninja Creami Deluxe and spoon the frozen mixture into cocktail glasses. Garnish with mint leaf.
  • If using a regular blender: Pour the juice mixture into a freezer-proof container with a lid and put in the freezer for about 4 hours to freeze. When the mixture is frozen, take it out of the freezer and put it in a blender along with 1/2 cup orange juice and 1/2 cup tequila. Blend until creamy. Pour into cocktail glasses and garnish with a mint leaf.

More Paloma recipes for the Paloma lover

If you love Palomas, you just have to try this Red Bell Pepper Cocktail. It’s based on a Paloma but bumped up with a red bell pepper simple syrup and pink peppercorn ice cubes. Fabulous!

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