Watermelon Paloma

Susan Palmer | Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

Watermelon Paloma is fit for a crowd or just yourself after a long, hot day. In the sweltering heat of summer, you need a cool and refreshing beverage to relax with!

Watermelon Paloma Photo

I hate summer. There, I said it. I'm probably one of the few people that do, but it's hot, it's sticky, the sun burns my pale, pale skin, and did I mention it's hot? I drive people; mainly my husband – crazy on a daily basis with my complaints about the daily humidity. Why yes, it's humid every day, we live on the East Coast, there is no escaping it in the summer months.

The secret truth is though, as much as loathe summer, I secretly love it too. If I could get rid of the heat and the bugs – oh I forgot about the bugs – and replace it just with summer produce, I'd be a really happy girl.

Watermelon Paloma Picture

No other time of year are we rewarded with such bounty: tomatoes, corn, peaches, berries, cherries, herbs, greens and watermelon. I have to be controlled at ever farmer's market I attend because I want to buy everything I see, and there's only so much two people can consume!

My love affair with fresh produce started young with trips to local farms, and big slices of watermelon for dessert after dinner. I have fond memories of biting into a slice and not caring one bit about the juice running down my face and arms.

Watermelon Paloma Image

These days I'm a little neater when I eat, and I'd rather not waste that precious watermelon juice! Yes – cold slices are satisfying after a big meal, but what's even better is sipping on a cooling watermelon cocktail on a hot day. I love pureeing fruit and switching out grapefruit juice that's traditional found in a paloma.

Watermelon Paloma Pic

A paloma is a fancy name for tequila + fizzy soda + lime, and it is so, so good. If we're getting technical this would just be a watermelon tequila spritzer, but as long as it tastes good you can call it whatever you want!

Watermelon Paloma Recipe

  1 Servings


  • 1 small Seedless Watermelon
  • 4 ounces Watermelon Juice
  • 2 ounces Blanco Tequila
  • 1/2 Lime, juiced
  • Club Soda, or lime flavored seltzer
  • Ice Cubes


  1. Remove the rind from the watermelon, cube into small pieces, saving a few for garnish and puree the remainder.
  2. Pour the watermelon puree through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl and discard the pulp.

To make the cocktail:

  1. Pour 4 ounces watermelon juice, tequila and lime juice into a shaker and stir. Pour into a Collins or old fashioned glass filled with ice and top with club soda.
  2. Garnish with a piece of watermelon and lime wedge.
  3. Pour remaining watermelon juice into a pitcher and save for later use or to make additional cocktails. 


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Susan Palmer

About Susan

Susan bakes up delicious treats as the Girl in the Little Red Kitchen at home in Brooklyn. She's joined Food Fanatic as a Cocktails and Boozy Desserts Fanatic, and we could not be more excited!