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Watermelon Palomas

Watermelon Palomas

  • Author: Molly
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cocktails (easily multiplied) 1x


These Watermelon Palomas are an awesome way to kick-start summer! They’re loaded with fresh citrus and watermelon juices, tequila, and a touch of sweetness thanks to agave nectar. No complicated mixing or simple syrup required here! Just delicious refreshment!


  • 5 oz fresh watermelon juice (see NOTE)
  • 3 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • Juice of 1 lime (roughly 1 oz)
  • 4 oz silver tequila
  • 1 oz agave nectar (or more, to taste)
  • Seltzer, for topping off the glasses
  • Ice
  • Salt, for rimming glasses
  • Watermelon wedges, for garnish
  • Grapefruit or lime slices, for garnish


  1. To a large cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the watermelon, grapefruit, and lime juices, along with the tequila and agave nectar.
  2. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds or so to thoroughly mix and chill all the ingredients.
  3. Taste and add more agave nectar or lime juice, as needed, to meet your tastes (I like a tangier cocktail and my husband likes it a touch sweeter).
  4. Rim two tall (highball style) glasses with salt and fill them with ice (the salt is optional – but I love it with anything containing tequila).
  5. Pour the mixture over the ice in the two glasses and add a little seltzer to each. Garnish with watermelon wedges and citrus slices, as desired. Enjoy!


  • You can make your own watermelon juice by placing fresh watermelon cubes or chunks into a blender and pureeing on high until completely smooth. You can strain out any pulp, but I find that most watermelon doesn’t yield a lot of pulp and I usually skip this step.
  • You can also use store-bought watermelon juice. My favorite brand is this one.
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: cocktails

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