Gin Paloma: A Juniper Tinted Twist on the Classic Cocktail
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Gin Paloma: A Juniper Tinted Twist on the Classic Cocktail

Gin Paloma

Gin Paloma . Photo: Taryn Elliott/Pexels

Palomas are a mainstay in the world of tequila cocktails. The simplest iteration of the paloma is a simple mix of grapefruit soda like Squirt or Fresca with a good tequila Blanco. If you’re looking for a couple of quality recipes, you can check out our Perfect Grapefruit Paloma – 2 Ways.

But today, we’re interested in shaking up tequila for gin. This may very well be an affront to all things paloma, but it’s a change that meshes perfectly.

The piney, fruit-tinted flavor of juniper berries makes for an excellent pairing with grapefruit. What’s more, brands like Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin and Forthave Spirits Blue Gin actually use grapefruit botanicals in the production process.

For a berry-laced twist on the classic cocktail, consider a gin paloma!

Gin Paloma


  • 1.5 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz Club Soda
  • Rosemary
  • Grapefruit slice, for garnish


  1. Shake gin, juice, syrup and a few pieces of crushed rosemary with ice.
  2. Strain into a glass, mix with club soda and stir.
  3. Add a grapefruit slice on the rim for a lovely little garnish.
  4. Enjoy!

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Pedro Wolfe is the managing editor of Tequila Raiders. With several years of experience writing for the New York Daily News and the Foothills Business Daily under his belt, Pedro aims to combine quality reviews and recipes with incisive articles on the cutting edge of the tequila world. Pedro has traveled to the heartland of the spirits industry in Tequila, Mexico, and has conducted interviews with agave spirits veterans throughout Mexico, South Africa and California. Through this diverse approach, Tequila Raiders aims to celebrate not only tequila but the rich tapestry of agave spirits that spans mezcal, raicilla, bacanora, pulque and so much more.