Limepocalypse and the Lemon Paloma

If you haven’t heard, there’s a lime shortage right now causing the prices to skyrocket.  That being said, your local restaurants may have put some twists on the traditional Cinco de Mayo favorites.  I’m sure all the margaritas will still have limes, as many restaurants won’t be willing tinker with the main star… but it doesn’t hurt to experiment a little and find out what the lemons, oranges and grapefruits can do for your cocktails.

This recipe is just a slight twist on the Paloma, using lemon juice instead of lime juice.  I used Jarritos grapefruit soda, but Squirt or Fresca would work well too.

Recipe for the Lemon Paloma was adapted from CHOW.  I used Don Julio Blanco tequila.

Lemon Paloma


  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces Don Julio Blanco tequila
  • Juice of 1/2 medium lemon
  • Grapefruit-flavored soda, such as Jarritos or Squirt


Fill an 8-ounce glass with ice, add tequila and lemon juice, and top off with soda.

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