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Salty Paloma Mocktail Recipe

A salty mocktail to get a salty mom through the evening.

For a refreshing, thirst-quenching mocktail recipe to sip during spring and summer, look no further than a salty Paloma mocktail. This recipe has a nice layered flavor with herbaceous rosemary, salt, and bright citrus from the grapefruit juice (incredible if you can hand-squeeze it but in all honesty I usually use store-bought).

I love mixing in salt to this recipe instead of having it stuck on the rim. I think the combination of citrus, rosemary and salt dispersed evenly throughout the drink knocks it out of the park.

Salty Non-Alcoholic Paloma Recipe
Salty Non-Alcoholic Paloma

A traditional Paloma cocktail is one of the most popular tequila-based cocktails out of Mexico, right up there with a margarita. In this recipe we skip the booze, and you could also add in an ounce of non-alcoholic tequila alternative to add an additional layer of flavor.

Sweet, sour, a little bitter, and salty, it’s got all four taste groups... what's not to like? Give it a try and leave a comment below with your thoughts!



  • 1/2 lime, juiced

  • Sprig of rosemary

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup

  • Sprinkle of kosher salt

  • 3 oz grapefruit juice

  • 2-3 oz soda water to top (I recommend plain, lime or grapefruit)

  • Grapefruit or lemon ring with a sprig of rosemary to garnish


  1. Juice the lime into a shaker. Add the rosemary leaves and simple syrup.

  2. Muddle for at least 30 seconds to release the essence from the rosemary.

  3. Add grapefruit juice and handful of ice to shaker. Shake for 15 seconds.

  4. Strain the contents of the shaker into a fresh tumbler filled with ice.

  5. Top with soda water.

  6. Garnish with a fresh sprig of lime and citrus ring and enjoy!

Watch a 30-second, step-by-step video of this recipe on my Instagram.


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