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grilled grapefruit paloma

Grilled Grapefruit Paloma (Tequila and Grapefruit Cocktail)

  • Author: Robyn
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cocktails 1x


This refreshing Tequila and grapefruit cocktail is kicked up a notch by grilling the sugar dipped grapefruit to elevate this cocktail with smoky undertones.



This is enough for 2 cocktails:

  • 2 large grapefruit, sliced in half
  • 2 cans lime or grapefruit flavored soda water
  • 2 tbsp honey (or splenda, truvia to keep it low carb)
  • 2 tbsp sugar- for dipping the grapefruit in
  • 2 large sprigs rosemary- to be used as a swizzle stick
  • 4 oz tequila
  • ice

**collins, old fashioned or highball glass works for this recipe


Set a charcoal grill up for direct heat. After the charcoal has ashed over, dip the grapefruit halves in sugar making sure to coat the surface, and grill over charcoal (this is how you get the smokiness) until char marks have formed.

After the grapefruit have cooled slightly, juice them. (I have been using the Rose Gold Zulay Citrus press, it is awesome! If you drink a lot of citrus, I recommend).

Add ice to your glasses. Next, pour in the tequila. Add juice from one entire grapefruit to the cocktail. Next, add soda water. Add 1 tbsp of honey (or to taste), use rosemary as swizzle stick to stir in the honey.

Do you have a favorite way to enjoy tequila? Leave me a comment below- I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Category: cocktails, bbq
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American, BBQ, Mexican


  • Serving Size: 2 cocktails

Keywords: grilled grapefruit paloma, paloma cocktail recipe

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