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Grapefruit Lime Kombucha Cocktail

My favorite thing about the winter is the abundance of fresh citrus, including grapefruit, limes, lemons, and oranges. Paloma is a very traditional grapefruit lime cocktail and the inspiration for this cocktail was from a traditional paloma; lime juice, grapefruit juice or grapefruit soda, and tequila.

Grapefruit Lime Kombucha Cocktail

I love using kombucha in cocktail and mocktail recipes because it adds such a delicious depth of flavor without adding a heavy sugar crash like soda. I also think that the mouth feel (I know that is such a weird way to describe this) is lighter. When I use soda in a recipe, I feel like it leaves a thick coating on my tongue, unlike kombucha. If you aren’t sure about trying kombucha alone yet, I will try it in a cocktail or mocktail – it is incredible!

Ingredients for Grapefruit Lime Kombucha Cocktail

The key to this recipe is tasty and fresh ingredients.

  • Fresh lime juice
  • Grapefruit Kombucha (I love the Health-Ade brand!)
  • Mint (optional)
  • Tequila

Kombucha v. Grapefruit Soda or Simple Syrup

The decision to use Kombucha is based on personal preference. There are a few ways to enjoy a classic palmona and that is either with grapefruit soda. or using grapefruit juice. and some simple syrup. If you don’t like a light carbonation in your paloma, I suggest using grapefruit juice and a touch. of simple syrup or a store bought grapefruit juice that has sugar added. But, if you like a light carbonation, I suggest using a Grapefruit Kombucha like the one from Health-Ade. It’s light and bubbly and adds a great depth of flavor to the cocktail.

How to choose a Tequila?

Tequila is one of my favorite alcohols, it’s bright, reminds me of summer and is one of my favorite alcohols to add to a cocktail. In this recipe I use Blanco tequila because it’s a lighter flavor. In regards to brand of tequila, that is a personal preference based on flavor, budget and region. I personally like to use Espolon Tequilla.

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Grapefruit Lime Kombucha Cocktail

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cocktails 1x


Tequila cocktails in the winter? Yes, sign me up! Give this Grapefruit Lime Kombucha Cocktail a try and get the party started!


Units Scale
  • handful of ice
  • 2oz of lime juice
  • 2 oz of grapefruit juice
  • 4 oz of tequila
  • about 4 oz of grapefruit kombucha (I prefer Health-Ade’s!)


  1. In a cocktail shaker, shake the tequila, lime juice and grapefruit juice with the ice vigorously for about 1 minute 
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass and top with Grapefruit Kombucha
  3. Garnish with a lime and enjoy

Keywords: grapefruit lime paloma, grapefruit lime kombucha cocktail, grapefruit lime cocktail

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