Skinny Paloma (no sugar added)


This lightened up skinny Paloma is made with fresh grapefruit juice, tequila and lime juice. You can add a splash of sparkling water for a little bubbles.

It’s Monday and I could use a pitcher of margaritas big cup of coffee. Anyone else?

Two paloma cocktails in stemless wine glasses with ice, lime wedges and gold straws.

While I do love a good margarita I rarely order them, because they’re usually made with a mix and loaded with calories and sugar.  Not worth it to me, unless I’m on vacay in Mexico or something along those lines. What happens in Mexico stays in Mexico, right?!

Two paloma cocktails in stemless wine glasses with ice, lime wedges and gold straws.

Given my taste for margaritas and the fact that Cinco de Mayo is this week I thought a tequila cocktail would brighten up your Monday.

Here’s What You Need:

  • fresh grapefruit juice 
  • tequila
  • lime juice
  • grapefruit flavored sparkling water – optional but I love the bubbles!
  • sea salt flakes or pink Himalayan sea salt – for the rim!

For the basic recipe all you need is fresh grapefruit juice, tequila and a splash of lime. But I love to add sparkling water for bubbles.

Paloma cocktails in glasses with lime wedges. A bottle of tequila and slices of grapefruit are on the counter.

No Added Sweetener

This cocktail is crazy delicious, and you won’t even realize there isn’t any added sugar! Most cocktails have some sort of sweetener in them, but the grapefruit juice adds plenty of sweetness to this drink.

I have to thank Nicole for introducing me to the grapefruit and tequila combo. Last summer we were eating at Nopalito in San Fran and she mentioned that the Paloma was her favorite drink at the moment. I tried it, loved it and it quickly became my favorite drink too.

Paloma cocktail with ice and a lime wedge and a rim of salt.

Healthier Alcohol Options

Overall, how much you drink is more important than what you drink. I feel like when diet culture was at the forefront of everyone’s minds, people were searching for the healthiest choice. Sure, there are some cocktails that are healthier options (like this Paloma!) but overall, I would recommend being conscious with how much you’re drinking first and foremost.

Red wine has been linked to some health benefits (when drank in moderation!) and has become my drink of choice. I love the taste and also love that it has the resveratrol and antioxidants going on so there are some additional reasons to enjoy it. 🙂

When ordering or making cocktails, my general rule of thumb is to keep it simple. The less ingredients the better! I also try to use no added sugar or at least use a natural sweetener like maple syrup or honey instead of simple syrup.

Two paloma cocktails in stemless wine glasses with ice, lime wedges and gold straws.

If you’re feeling fancy you can line the rim of your glass with sea salt, but it’s not necessary. It just looks pretty. 🙂

More Skinny Cocktail Recipes

If you try this skinny paloma recipe please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how it turns out. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers. 


Skinny Paloma (no sugar added)

4 from 50 votes
A lightened up skinny Paloma made with freshly juiced grapefruit, tequila, lime juice and sparkling water.
Paloma cocktail with ice and a lime wedge and a rim of salt.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 2


  • 12 ounces fresh grapefruit juice, 2-3 pink or red grapefruits, juiced
  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • ice
  • grapefruit flavored sparkling water, optional
  • sea salt flakes or pink Himalayan sea salt, for the rim


  • Add 1 shot of tequila, 6 ounces of grapefruit juice, 1 teaspoon of lime juice and ice into each glass. Stir to combine, add of splash of sparkling water (if using) and garnish with a lime wedge.



  1. Feel free to add a splash splash of sparkling water to the recipe for a little fizz. I had intentions of adding some grapefruit La Croix to this, but forgot. Next time!


Serving: 1 Calories: 172kcal Carbohydrates: 43g Protein: 1g Sodium: 1188mg Sugar: 19g
Course: Drink
Cuisine: Cocktail
Keyword: paloma


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    1. venkat
      July 28, 2021 AT 6:13 am

      good explanation on our diet and how sugar plays a vital role in our daily eatables, and the content of sugar we get naturally from fruit juices. being conscious of our drinking habits we have better online consultation for nutritionist in our daily routine diet including the nutritional value

    2. Stephanie
      July 21, 2021 AT 10:15 pm

      5 stars
      Yummy, not too sweet and very tasty with fresh grapefruit and lime juice. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 22, 2021 AT 1:22 pm

        Woo!! So glad you enjoyed this skinny paloma, Stephanie! Thanks for the review. I really appreciate it!

    3. deb
      May 22, 2021 AT 10:23 pm

      sounds wonderful, however i can only have low sodium/low potassium…..why is this sodium so high? the salt rim? or more than that? do you have any idea of the potassium?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 24, 2021 AT 5:47 pm

        Hey Deb – You can reduce the sodium by skipping the salt rim. There is no potassium in this drink according to My Fitness Pal. 🙂

    4. Christine
      July 21, 2020 AT 5:40 pm

      Is this recipe good for making in bulk for a get together?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 22, 2020 AT 12:11 am


    5. MG
      July 13, 2020 AT 8:10 pm

      4 stars
      Great recipe, love it, a total hit with my partner!

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