The refreshing Paloma: tequila, lime, grapefruit soda/Photos by Donna Turner Ruhlman

Why do I continue to think work will ease up, give me a chance to catch my breath? I’m not complaining. I love all my work and feel lucky in too many ways to count. I don’t feel like Sisyphus pushing the rock up the hill. I feel like the rock. Accelerating down the hill, a long hill, and the longer it rolls the faster it goes and the more unstoppable it becomes. I’m just hoping that’s not a big wall way down there. As I type this, designs for my own kitchen scale are downloading—it’s going to be a very cool scale. I have to work on and approve packaging we’re designing for a few of our tools to be able to get them in stores. This site is still under maintenance. I have to rewrite a script, decide on photographs for a new cookbook focusing on technique. Donna is traveling (how dare she?!), so my photographer is gone. And I’ve got to catch a plane. All of which is going to leave me with a terrible thirst for a cocktail by the time this day is done. I’m reposting an absolutely fabulous cocktail and probably my favorite of all Donna’s cocktail shots, the Paloma. Refreshing, soothing, bright and looking forward to summer.

Happy Friday, all!




  • 3 ounces tequila
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 3 ounces grapefruit soda, or to taste
  • 1 wedge of lime for garnish, if you wish
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a beautiful glass filled with ice.
  2. Swirl to combine.
  3. If it’s very hot where you are, pause to consider that you are about to indulge yourself with one of the most refreshing cocktails you’ve ever had.


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8 Wonderful responses to “Friday Cocktail Hour: The Paloma Returns”

  • Allen

    Sisyphus. Had to look him up.
    Is that where the word sissy and pussy comes from? Rolling a ball up hill is neither of those.
    I wish you all a downhill coast.
    Happy Friday all, even the Sisyphus folks, which is all of us at some point.

  • Dave M

    I’ve never made so many friends so fast as when I made these at a July 4th party last year!

  • Pete Erickson

    The most refreshing drink ever. It is the national drink of the Fiery Food Fest held on our beach in Traverse City very fourth of july!

  • Darcie

    What’s the ETA on the scale? Mine is dying (can’t read the terminal digit anymore) and I have started to look for a replacement.

  • kerrie

    Made these last night, but didn’t have tequila. Subbed Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka and it was fantastic!

  • Tara

    And with the price of limes these days, the Paloma is a great alternative to the Margarita! You introduced us to these the first time and they remain a favourite. Delicious.

  • Jan

    San Pellegrino makes a great grapefruit “soda” although they would never call it that 😉