Watermelon Paloma Recipe

Susan Palmer | Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

This watermelon paloma is light and refreshing. It's also full of tequila, so there's that.

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!

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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. 


Cooking Method:
No Cook
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Recipe Yields:
1 cocktail, plus more watermelon juice for additional cocktails
Prep Time:
Total Time:
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Author: Susan Palmer
Recipe Yields: 1 cocktail, plus more watermelon juice for additional cocktails
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cocktail
Servings Per Recipe 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 8
Calories 924

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 21mg
Total Carbohydrate 192g
  Dietary Fiber 11g
  Sugars 135g
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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!

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