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frozen palomas garnished with grapefruit slices

Frozen Palomas

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 4-6 hours
  • Total Time: 4-6 hours
  • Yield: 2-4 drinks 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Mexican


These Frozen Palomas are a tequila lover’s dream, bursting with three fresh citrus juices and finished with a sweet, salty and spicy Tajin spiked rim. It’s a fun twist on a traditional paloma that can be made ahead and blended till smooth the moment you are ready to serve!



8 fl oz grapefruit juice

4 fl oz freshly squeezed orange juice (I used Cara Cara)

4 fl oz freshly squeezed lime juice

2 oz agave syrup or simple syrup

8 oz Blanco tequila

2 cups ice

1 teaspoon each salt, sugar, and tajin, for glass rim

Grapefruit slices, for garnish

Mint sprigs, for garnish


  1. Freeze into ice cube molds: Combine grapefruit juice, orange juice, lime juice, agave nectar and Blanco tequila together in a large measuring glass or pitcher. Transfer mixture into ice cube molds and freeze until solid, at least 4-6 hours. 
  2. Blend: Transfer the frozen mixture into a high-power blender with 2 cups of ice. Blend until smooth and frothy, about 30 seconds. 
  3. Rim the glass: On a small plate, combine equal amounts of salt, sugar and tajin (about 1 tsp each) onto a small plate. Run the edge of the glass with a grapefruit slice and dip the glass edge into the mixture.
  4. Garnish and enjoy: Transfer the slushee mixture into 2-4 glasses. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and mint sprig.


Simple Syrup: For homemade simple syrup, boil down 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan over low heat, until clear and sugar is dissolved. Cool slightly.

Make-Ahead: Blend the citrus-tequila mix one day in advance and portion into ice cube molds to freeze. Just give it a quick blitz in your Vitamix or blender along with the ice just before serving.

Keywords: grapefruit juice, tequila, summer