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Sugar Rimmed Paloma Cocktail with Bruleed Grapefruit

The Paloma recipe is a tequila cocktail poured with fresh grapefruit juice, club soda and rimmed with salt. This Paloma Cocktail variation has a sugar rim and a bruleed grapefruit wedge.

Paloma Recipe

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If you don’t like salty cocktails you can swap out the salt for a sweeter alternative. Try this Paloma Cocktail Variation: 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.

Swap the Salt for Sugar

Growing up in Florida we went to the beach nearly every weekend. Luckily I made it through the waves with no shark bites, jellyfish stings or a bad case of sea rash.

One thing that was certain was getting saltwater 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 saltwater.

Here comes sugar to the rescue. The opposite of salty is sweet and that is how I make my margaritas and Paloma cocktails.

This Paloma recipe has a sugar rim and 1 teaspoon of sugar mixed in to soften the bitterness of the grapefruit. 

Paloma Recipe

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Bruleed Grapefruit wedge

How to Make a Bruleed Grapefruit Wedge

You will need a kitchen blow torch. I purchased mine on Amazon. Here is the kitchen blow torch I use.

Once you have your blow torch you will have to buy Butane for the torch. 

It is pretty simple to use.

  1. Click the safety.
  2. Pull the trigger.

Be sure to keep out of reach of children. I absolutely love mine and find any excuse to use it.

  1. Once you have your blow torch is ready fueled and ready to go slice your grapefruit. 
  2. Pour about a teaspoon of sugar on the wedge and spread it with your finger completely covering one side of the wedge. 
  3. Lay grapefruit wedge on a heat resistant surface. I used a skillet. 
  4. Torch the fruit. The sugar will melt and caramelization will start to occur. 
  5. Don’t over torch the fruit. 
  6. Once you are satisfied that the sugar melted and caramelized turn off your torch. 
  7. Start making your Paloma Cocktail. This will allow the grapefruit wedge to cool down before garnishing. 

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Paloma Recipe

Sugar Rimmed Palomo Cocktail

Sugar Rimmed Paloma Cocktail with Bruleed Grapefruit 1
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Sugar Rimmed Paloma with Bruleed Grapefruit

A sweet Paloma Cocktail Variation

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Grapefruit Cocktail, Paloma Cocktail Variations, tequila
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 155 kcal
Author Stephanie Jackson


  • 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.

For the Cocktail

  1. Take a grapefruit slice that hasn't been bruleed and slide it over the rim of the glass.
  2. Dip glass into a bowl of sugar then add ice.

  3. In a separate glass mix together the grapefruit juice, lime juice, teaspoon of sugar, and tequila.
  4. Pour mixture over ice in the sugar-rimmed glass.

  5. Top off with club soda.
  6. Garnish with bruleed grapefruit wedge.

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Nutrition Facts
Sugar Rimmed Paloma with Bruleed Grapefruit
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 155
% Daily Value*
Sodium 12.4mg1%
Potassium 150.8mg4%
Carbohydrates 14.7g5%
Fiber 0.6g3%
Sugar 13.8g15%
Protein 0.5g1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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