This Keto Paloma Cocktail is a refreshing combination of grapefruit soda, lime juice, and tequila. It’s the perfect keto bevvie for when you’re hanging out by the pool with friends this summer! ??
The first time I had a Paloma was in Cancun, Mexico at an all-inclusive resort we were staying in for a blogging conference a few years ago. I wasn’t feeling a margarita (crazy, I know) so the waiter suggested a Paloma, which I’d never heard of but sounded good. When he delivered it a few minutes later and I had my first sip, I was like SWEET ELIXER – WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?
The refreshing blend of grapefruit soda, tangy lime juice, and earthy tequila was simply sublime – and of course I knew I had to make a Keto Paloma happen so that I could share it here on the blog. I’m just sorry that it took me so long to get around to it!
Thanks to the existence of sugar free grapefruit flavored soda (I think Fresca is the most readily available version in the US) making a Keto Paloma Cocktail is a pretty easy undertaking.
If you don’t have access to a sugar free grapefruit soda, you can use a combination of 6 ounces lime flavored seltzer, a tablespoon of grapefruit juice (1.4g net carbs) and then sweeten to taste with your preferred sweetener. But the soda is definitely going to have a more grapefruit forward flavor, with less carbs.
Now let’s talk about that salted rim. You can opt to go unsalted on your Keto Paloma Cocktail, or do the typical margarita trick of running a lime wedge along the rim and then dipping it in the salt.
For my Keto Paloma, I recommend taking your rim to the next level and doing a mixture of 50/50 salt and granulated sweetener, then adding about 1 teaspoon of finely grated grapefruit zest. You can mix that in advance, and then sift out the zest if you like after about 10 minutes. The grapefruit oil from the zest will have absorbed into your sweetener/salt combo making your rim a salty, sweet, grapefruit extravaganza that will perfectly complement this Keto Paloma Cocktail.
The thin slice of grapefruit in the glass is totally optional, but a pretty touch for this Keto Paloma if you’re serving them to friends.
Can’t get enough tasty keto cocktails? Here’s a great collection of our favorite keto cocktails from around the web!