Sugar Rimmed Paloma Cocktail with Bruleed Grapefruit

The Paloma cocktail is a tequila cocktail poured with fresh grapefruit juice, club soda and rimmed with salt. If you don’t like salty cocktails you can swap out the salt for a sweeter alternative. Try this Sugar Rimmed Paloma Cocktail with a Bruleed Grapefruit wedge. The bruleed grapefruit wedge is coated with sugar then burnt into the grapefruit wedge for a sweet flavor and tasty garnish.

Sugar Rimmed Paloma Cocktail with a Bruleed Grapefruit wedge. This is a sweeter version to the Paloma cocktail.

If salted rimmed glasses are too harsh for you replace the salt with sugar.

Growing up in Florida we went to the beach nearly every weekend. Luckily I made it through the waves with no shark bites, jelly fish stings or  a bad case of sea rash. One thing that was certain was getting salt water in my mouth. Gross! That is what ruined me with salt rimmed cocktails. If I drink a Margarita or Paloma cocktail I am flashing back to being smacked in the face by a wave. With that smack in the face came a mouth full of salt water. Here comes sugar to the rescue. The opposite of salty is sweet and that is how I make my margaritas and Paloma cocktails.

You can never have too many Grapefruit cocktails.

When I buy grapefruit I buy it in bulk.  I just made another fantastic grapefruit cocktail using gin and cilantro. Check out my recipe for Cilantro Grapefruit Gin and Tonic  or my Citrus Sage Vodka Cocktail if you want to add variety to your bar menu. If the Grapefruit Brulee wedges caught your eye you have to see my Grapefruit Brulee over Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert.

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Cocktail Party Shirt plus a Sugar Rimmed Paloma Cocktail recipe.

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All you need is some firepower!

You will need a kitchen blow torch. I purchased mine on Amazon. Here is the kitchen blow torch I use. It is pretty simple to use, click the safety and pull the trigger. Be sure to keep out of reach of children. I absolutely love mine and find any excuse to use it.

Sugar Rimmed Palamo Cocktail

Sugar Rimmed Paloma with Bruleed Grapefruit

Sugar Rimmed Paloma with Bruleed Grapefruit


  • 2 oz. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon (0.5 oz.) fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon white granulated sugar
  • 1.5 oz. tequila
  • 2 oz. club soda
  • A shallow bowl of sugar for rimming the glass.
  • For Bruleed Grapefruit Wedge
  • wedge of grapefruit
  • white granulated sugar
  • kitchen blowtorch


  1. Make Bruleed Grapefruit wedges first. Decide how many drinks you will be serving and make all the wedges at the same time.
  2. Make a small slice down the middle of the wedge so it will balance on the rim of your glass.
  3. Lay grapefruit wedges on a heat resistant surface. I used a saute pan.
  4. On one side of the wedges sprinkle a thick layer of sugar. About a teaspoon of sugar on each wedge.
  5. Turn on your blowtorch and hold over the wedge until the sugar melts and bubbles and light burn marks are made.
  6. Only brulee one side of the wedges.
  7. For the Cocktail
  8. Take a grapefruit slice that hasn't been bruleed and slide it over the rim of the glass.
  9. Dip glass into bowl of sugar then add ice.
  10. In a separate glass mix together the grapefruit juice, lime juice, teaspoon of sugar, and tequila.
  11. Pour mixture over ice in the sugar rimmed glass.
  12. Top off with club soda.
  13. Garnish with bruleed grapefruit wedge.

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