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Grapefruit Thyme Paloma

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It’s a little sweet, kinda tart, a smidge herby, and everything you need for a refreshing tequila cocktail. Grapefruit Thyme Paloma is a people pleaser and perfect to go with lighter brunch fare or to kick off festive celebrations!

Grapefruit Thyme Paloma

And I mean, c’mon,  it’s pretty too.

What is a Paloma?

The simplest paloma is two ingredients. Tequila and grapefruit soda.

We’re going to keep this simple, but just step it up a smidge. No whips, no shaking, just a little simple syrup making. (Yes, that rhyme was 100% on purpose.)

overhead view of Grapefruit Thyme Paloma

How to Make Thyme Simple Syrup

Have you tried adding fresh herbs to your cocktails? If not, you definitely should. This Grapefruit Thyme Paloma is a great place to start. Or check out this lemon and thyme gin cocktail for another light and fresh sip.

To bring a little sweet and that tasty thyme flavor to our cocktail, we need to make a quick simple syrup. The name of this ingredient is fitting because it really is simple to make.

Grapefruit Thyme Palomas

overhead photo of grapefruit thyme paloma

In a small pan, combine sugar, water and fresh thyme. Bring to a boil then simmer for 5 minutes. Then just strain before using it. That’s it.

Other deets to know about making this paloma:

  • Since we’re not using grapefruit soda, you’ll want to top your drink with a splash of club soda. How much is up to you but, I’d recommend 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce so it’s a nice fizz without watering down the drink.
  • No shaking needed! Just two glasses. Combine all the tequila, simple, and grapefruit in a glass and fill with ice, ‘roll’ the drink, then top with the soda and lime. Rolling just means pouring it from one glass to another and back. No shaking, just a quick mix of ingredients.
  • Use fresh grapefruit juice if possible. The Natalie’s brand is what most restaurants and bars use and they’ve just started selling them in the grocery stores around here. It’s all the goodness of hand squeezed without the work. If you can’t find fresh, then go for the ruby red grapefruit

The sweet and herb thyme simple combined with the tart grapefruit and silver tequila is about to be a delicious, brunch-perfect, party in ya mouth.

Grapefruit Thyme Paloma

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Grapefruit Thyme Paloma

Grapefruit Thyme Paloma

Sweet thyme simple syrup, fresh grapefruit juice and a splash of lime and soda, Grapefruit Thyme Palomas are the perfect brunch cocktail.
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: Cocktails
Keyword: brunch cocktails, cocktails for brunch, cocktails with grapefruit and tequila, entertaining cocktails, thyme simple syrup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 207kcal
Author: Lauren


  • Thyme Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Grapefruit Thyme Paloma
  • 1 ½ ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ½ ounces fresh grapefruit juice
  • ½ ounce club soda
  • splash of lime juice


  • Thyme Simple Syrup
  • In a small saucepan combine the water, sugar, and fresh thyme.  Bring to a boil.
  • Once the sugar water is boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.  Strain and let cool.
  • Grapefruit Thyme Paloma
  • In a glass, add the tequila, thyme simple syrup, and grapefruit.  Fill with ice and roll into another glass and roll back.
  • Top with a splash of fresh lime juice and club soda.  Optional: garnish with a sprig of thyme.


Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg


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