Topo Chico Paloma

Southern Kitchen

Serves: 1

Hands On Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


Grapefruit Simple Syrup

Juice of 1/2 grapefruit

2 tablespoons sugar


2 lime wedges

Kosher salt

Ice cubes, for shaking and serving

2 ounces Grapefruit Simple Syrup (above)

1 1/2 ounces silver tequila

Topo Chico sparkling water


To make the grapefruit simple syrup: In a small saucepan, bring the grapefruit juice and sugar to a gentle simmer over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, 2 to 3 minutes. Let cool.

To make the cocktail: Run one of the lime wedges around the rim of a Collins glass.

Place about 1 tablespoon of kosher salt into a plate. Dip the rim of the glass in the salt. Fill the glass with ice cubes.

In a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice cubes, combine the grapefruit simple syrup and tequila. Shake until well-chilled, 15 to 20 seconds. Strain the cocktail mixture into the prepared glass. Add enough Topo Chico to fill the glass. Spritz the second lime wedge into the drink and then place the wedge in the glass. Serve immediately.

About the recipe

This refreshing tequila cocktail (photographed on the right) uses Texas-made Topo Chico sparkling water.