Peach Paloma Punch

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If you love a classic margarita and love drinks with a little fizz you will love a paloma cocktail, which is essentially a highland margarita. A traditional paloma recipe is pretty basic – grapefruit soda, lime juice, and tequila — it’s sweet, sour, and refreshing.

This paloma drink includes sweet peach juice and peach slices making this cocktail a muy bueno Peach Paloma Punch.

palomo peach drink on the rocks on a yellow striped serape with peaches in the background

What is a Paloma Cocktail?

Paloma (spanish for “dove”) is perhaps the most refreshing cocktail ever created. It’s essentially a fizzy grapefruit margarita. Sweet, sour, a little bitter, and salty, it’s got all four taste groups, plus ice, bubbles, and tequila; what’s not to like?

basket of peaches in a Mexican basket on top of a bright serape runner

Ingredients

A traditional paloma cocktail consists of grapefruit soda, lime juice, and tequila. My recipe includes peaches for a delicious summer variation on a classic combination. Here’s what’s in it:

  • Peach juice – Either peach juice or nectar works great in this peach paloma punch. Be sure to slice fresh peaches to float in your punch.
  • Tequila – I used Exotico tequila blanco, which is clear and crisp with spicy undertones. Feel free to use your favorite tequila!
  • Lime juice – I always recommend fresh lime juice in cocktails. I have never liked bottled lime juice. The fresh lime juice in this paloma cocktail makes this drink deliciously tart. To juice limes I recommend a hand held squeezer to release the most juice. And don’t forget slices of limes to float in the paloma drink.
  • Grapefruit soda – If you’d like, you can use a combo of grapefruit juice and sparkling water, but I went old school and used Squirt, a traditional grapefruit soda for a classic flavor. I also floated slices of grapefruit for the essence of fresh grapefruit.
  • Raw sugar – Traditionally, coarse salt is used to rim serving glasses for a paloma cocktail , but I rimmed the glasses with raw sugar. Feel free to use course salt for a classic paloma.
  • Ice – A paloma cocktail is always best when served on the rocks!

a pewter silver Mexican punch bowl filled with Paloma peach punch on a serape and basket of peaches and tequila in the background

Tips

  • Freeze citrus. Freeze lime and grapefruit slices to chill punch.
  • Taste and adjust. Taste and adjust to find the perfect balance of flavors you love. If you prefer a stronger paloma drink, add an extra splash of tequila.
  • If it’s too strong, let the ice melt. If your paloma tastes too strong, let it sit in ice to dilute or add an extra splash of grapefruit soda to serving glass.
  • Grapefruit soda. If you cannot find Squirt, Jarritos, and Fresca are grapefruit sodas that are easy to find. For a stronger grapefruit flavor, try a craft soda like Izze.
  • No grapefruit soda? Substitute with 2 cups of grapefruit juice (fresh or bottled) and 2 cups of sparkling water.
  • Smaller portion. If you don’t want to make 12 servings, you can easily make this recipe in a pitcher and halve the recipe.

a pewter silver Mexican punch bowl filled with Paloma peach punch on a serape and basket of peaches and tequila in the background

More Favorite Cocktail Recipes

If you love this paloma recipe, try these cocktails!

Peach Paloma Punch

A traditional paloma cocktail consists of grapefruit soda, lime juice, and tequila. My recipe includes sweet peaches for a delicious summer variation on a classic combination. 
palomo peach drink on the rocks on a yellow striped serape
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup peach juice or nectar
  • 1 cup Exotico tequila blanco 
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 liter Squirt

Garnishes

  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1/2 grapefruit, sliced
  • 2 peaches, sliced

Instructions

  • Rub rim of a glass with a lime wedge. Pour some raw sugar or coarse salt out onto a plate and rub the rim of the glass in the sugar or salt to coat. 
  • In a punch bowl, filled with ice, combine peach juice, tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda; stir well. Garnish with slices of peaches, limes, and grapefruit. 
  • Serve in rimmed glass filled with ice. 
  • Garnish with a wedge of lime, grapefruit, or peach. 

Notes

  • Freeze citrus. Freeze lime and grapefruit slices to chill punch.
  • Taste and adjust. Taste and adjust to find the perfect balance of flavors you love. If you prefer a stronger paloma, add an extra splash of tequila.
  • If it’s too strong, let the ice melt. If your paloma tastes too strong, let it sit in ice to dilute or add an extra splash of grapefruit soda to your glass.
  • Grapefruit soda. If you cannot find Squirt, Jarritos, and Fresca are grapefruit sodas that are easy to find. For a stronger grapefruit flavor, try a craft soda like Izze.
  • No grapefruit soda? Substitute with 2 cups of grapefruit juice and 2 cups of sparkling water.
  • Smaller portion. If you don’t want to make 12 servings, you can easily make this in a pitcher and halve the recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 65kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 10mg, Potassium: 87mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 263IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 1mg

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Photography by Jenna Sparks.

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