Blood Orange Paloma: Winter Twist on a Classic Cocktail

Give your tequila based cocktails a winter twist with this blood orange paloma. Just a few simple ingredients is all that’s needed for this citrusy drink. Sweet orange, zesty lime, and a bit of fizz make for a delightful sip, and the vibrant red pink color is perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

The paloma is a tequila based cocktail, where it is usually paired with lime juice and a grapefruit soda. Instead, I’m ditching the grapefruit for a winter citrus with an equally beautiful color: the blood orange!

You could definitely go the route of a blood orange soda, but I’m using a pairing of fresh juice along with sparkling water to add the fizziness to this drink. I’ll make sure to go over some more substitution options below!

With only 4 ingredients and a few minutes needed to throw it together, this cocktail is perfect for a quick sip that’s tart, bubbly, and refreshing. I enjoy it all winter while blood oranges are in season, but the color makes it a perfect Valentine’s Day cocktail option as well!

two glasses filled with blood orange paloma in front of a dark background

Ingredients List

ingredients to make blood orange paloma
  • 2 ounces tequila (Blanco, silver, or reposado)
  • 2 ounces fresh blood orange juice
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3 ounces blood orange sparkling water (or more, depending on size of glass)
  • Ice cubes

Ingredient Tips and Substitutions

  • Honestly, you can use any type of tequila in this recipe. I’m using blanco, but choose your favorite! Hate tequila? Sub vodka instead!
  • You can also use a blood orange flavored syrup in place of the fresh blood orange juice, if the oranges are not in season. Alternatively, sub regular orange juice or grapefruit juice, though the color will not be the same
  • For a sweeter drink, add ½ ounce simple syrup or agave to the mix, or use blood orange soda instead of blood orange sparkling water, which is unsweetened
  • Optional rim: You can rim your glasses using a little blood orange juice and either sugar, salt, or a mix of both. Add some chili powder for more spice if desired
  • Spicy variation: Add a few fresh jalapeno slices to the glass for a spicy blood orange paloma

How to Make a Blood Orange Paloma

  1. Fill a rocks or whiskey glass about half full with ice (I like crushed, but you can use any shape)
fill a whiskey glass with crushed ice
  1. Add the tequila, blood orange juice, and lime juice, and stir to mix well
add tequila, blood orange juice, and lime juice
  1. Top off with the blood orange sparkling water to the top
add blood orange sparkling water to the mix
  1. Garnish with a slice of blood orange or lime if desired, and enjoy
overhead view of blood orange paloma cocktails with orange slices

What to Serve With a Blood Orange Paloma

  • Chips and guacamole
  • Manchego cheese
  • Goat cheese
  • Popcorn 
  • Mexican street corn
  • Fundido dip
  • Ceviche
  • Street tacos
  • Enchiladas
  • Fajitas
  • Nachos

Typically most spicy foods pair well with a paloma! Anything with citrus flavor in the marinades or sauce is an added bonus, to further highlight the notes in the cocktail.

Try my blood orange paloma with my Air Fryer Nachos, creamy Air Fryer Queso and chips, Air Fryer Goat Cheese Balls with some hot honey, or some Trader Joe’s Tamales in the Air Fryer.

Recipe FAQs

What is a Blood Orange Paloma?

A blood orange paloma is a refreshing cocktail made with tequila, blood orange juice, lime juice, and something carbonated, such as sparkling water or soda.

The twist is the unique addition of blood orange instead of grapefruit soda, for a darker color and different flavor profile.

Can I Use Regular Oranges Instead of Blood Oranges?

While you can use regular oranges, the distinct flavor of blood oranges adds a special touch. Additionally, the cocktail’s color and taste may vary with different oranges.

However, oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits make for a fine alternative if preferred.

What Type of Tequila Works Best for a Paloma?

A good-quality silver or blanco tequila is commonly used for Palomas. Its smooth and crisp profile complements the citrusy and fizzy elements of the drink.

However, you can use other tequilas if you like for unique flavor profiles. Reposado, gold, and even Mezcal offer different combinations to try.

Is There a Non-Alcoholic Version of the Blood Orange Paloma?

Yes, you can create a non-alcoholic mocktail version by replacing the tequila with a non-alcoholic tequila alternative or omitting it altogether for a virgin Paloma.

Use a blood orange flavored ginger beer to add both flavor and fizz in place of the tequila, while the fresh blood orange juice and lime juice add additional flavors.

What Garnishes Enhance the Presentation of a Blood Orange Paloma?

Garnish your blood orange paloma with slices of blood orange or a sprig of fresh mint. It adds visual appeal and a hint of additional aroma.

Other options include a slice of lime, wedge of orange, or a twist of either lime or orange peel. A salt or sugar rim on your glass can add additional flavor to the drink as well.

Can I Prepare a Pitcher of Blood Orange Paloma for a Party?

Absolutely! Scale up the ingredients to the desired number of servings. Mix everything except the fizzy element in a pitcher and store in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.

When ready to serve, add ice to glasses, fill halfway with chilled mixture, then top with your sparkling water or soda.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • This is not an overly sweet drink as written, as it’s much easier to add sweetness than remove it. If you want it sweeter, I prefer to add a little agave syrup here, as it compliments the tequila (but simple syrup works too). As different oranges can be more tart or sweet, you may need to adjust for your specific oranges and preferences
  • I’m using an 11-ounce rocks glass for this recipe, but any low style glass or tall, thin glass (like a Collins) works well too!
blood orange paloma with slice of orange laying on top

Storage and Serving Tips

  • You can mix everything except ice and sparkling water ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours (scale for as many servings as you like). I don’t recommend longer than that due to the fresh fruit juices. Then, add ice to a glass, fill halfway with mixture, top with sparkling beverage of choice, and serve!

More Blood Orange Recipes to Try

Final Thoughts

This vibrant blood orange paloma is such a fun winter twist on a classic cocktail. The bold citrus flavors pair perfectly with spicy cuisine, and it’s a great alternative if you’re not a fan of margaritas.

With just 4 ingredients and a few minutes to throw together, it’s such a simple option. That makes it perfect for entertaining too! Serve it up with those nachos and spicy dips for your Super Bowl Party, or enjoy the beautiful red pink hues for Valentine’s Day.

Like most cocktails, you can tweak the proportions to your liking to make it weaker or stronger, or add some agave to give it sweetness if your oranges are particularly tart! This blood orange tequila cocktail is easily customizable and the perfect way to chase away those winter blues.

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Easy Blood Orange Paloma Recipe

This blood orange Paloma is the perfect winter spin on a citrus tequila cocktail. With vibrant red pink colored blood orange juice, it’s a great option for Valentine’s Day too!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 1
Calories 154 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Ounces tequila (I use Blanco)
  • 2 Ounces fresh blood orange juice
  • ½ Ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3 Ounces blood orange sparkling water (or soda)
  • Ice cubes

Instructions
 

  • Fill a rocks or whiskey glass about half full with ice (I like crushed, but you can use any shape)
    Ice cubes
  • Add the tequila, blood orange juice, and lime juice, and stir to mix well
    2 Ounces tequila, 2 Ounces fresh blood orange juice, ½ Ounce fresh lime juice
  • Top off with the blood orange sparkling water to the top
    3 Ounces blood orange sparkling water
  • Garnish with a slice of blood orange or lime if desired, and enjoy

Notes

  • You can use any type of tequila in this recipe. I’m using Blanco, but choose your favorite! Hate tequila? Sub vodka instead!
  • You can also use a blood orange flavored syrup or drink mix in place of the fresh blood orange juice, if the oranges are not in season
  • This drink is not super sweet as written. For a sweeter drink, add ½ ounce simple syrup or agave to the mix, or use blood orange soda instead of blood orange sparkling water, which is unsweetened
  • Optional rim: You can rim your glasses using a little blood orange juice and either sugar, salt, or a mix of both. Add some chili powder for more spice if desired
  • Spicy variation: Add a few fresh jalapeno slices to the glass for a spicy blood orange paloma
  • I’m using an 11-ounce rocks glass for this recipe, but any low style glass or tall, thin glass (like a Collins) works well too!
  • You can mix everything except ice and sparkling water ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours (scale for as many servings as you like). When ready to serve, add ice to a glass, fill halfway with mixture, and top with sparkling beverage of choice
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, any sweetener or garnishes added, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 206gCalories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 12mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 5.6gCalcium: 2mg
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Katie Vine