Chile-Pomegranate Paloma
photography by Matt Taylor-Gross

While the margarita is far better known, the grapefruit-, tequila-, and soda-based Paloma is an equally refreshing Mexican classic. Using árbol chile-spiked grenadine as a sweetener—rather than agave nectar or simple syrup—adds smokiness and a touch of heat.

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What You Will Need

Yield: makes 1 1/2 cups


  • 2 oz. blanco tequila
  • 1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice, plus 1 grapefruit wedge for garnish
  • 34 oz. árbol chile grenadine
  • Club Soda


  1. In a cocktail shaker filled ¾ of the way with ice, add the tequila, grapefruit, and grenadine; shake about 15 seconds or until the shaker feels cold.
  2. Strain into a Collins glass with fresh ice. Top with club soda to fill, and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

Watch: How to Make Grenadine