paloma popsicles and fruit

POPSICLES! Sorry, I had to get that out. You see, I’ve been pretty pumped to share these pops with you for a while now.

Ever since Billy invited me to make them, that is. Why did I have to be invited to make popsicles? I didn’t. I was probably going to make them on my own at some point anyway. But now I have a reason to make them other than the fact that I love putting cocktails and yogurts and fizzy lifting drinks in molds and freezing them and then eating them that reason is called Popsicle Week. Or #popsicleweek, for all you hipster folk who put hashtags in everyday writing (and me. I guess I do that, too).

popsicles week logo

That’s right. Twenty-six bloggers including yours truly are sharing popsicle recipes this week because… well, really, do you need a reason for popsicles? Because it’s summer (YES IT STILL IS) and we all love popsicles. And if we don’t? Well, you can come back later this week because I will have a non-popsicle recipe to share with you then (or maybe not. I might just make popsicles from here on out. #jokes).

Anywho, let’s talk Paloma pops!

Paloma Popsicles -- The grapefruit soda-based tequila cocktail in popsicle form. YUM. @girlversusdough

sliced fruit

Have you ever had a Paloma? It’s a grapefruit soda-based tequila cocktail and it is AMAZING. It basically tastes like a grapefruit margarita, which basically tastes like a very citrus-y margarita, which basically tastes like the most unbelievably delicious margarita you’ve ever had in all your days. And this girl is picky about her margaritas (ain’t nobody got time for that frozen, out-of-the-bag business). And because I love popsicles as much as I love margaritas, bing-bang-boom, Paloma pops. To make a long story short.

making popsicles in freezer mold

Here’s the situation: There’s grapefruit juice in there mixed with lime juice and simple syrup, as well as tequila and a pinch of sea salt. You mix it all together, pour it into the popsicle molds, let it freeze for 12 hours (I know, torture) and in the morning, you have breakfast! No, I’m totally kidding. But at least now you’ve got snack time/dessert time/popsicle time planned for the day.

pulling a popsicle out of the mold
paloma popsicles and sliced fruit

But if you really want to make these for breakfast and/or tequila isn’t your thing, you can replace the hooch with water or even club soda. Just saying. I want to make sure everyone can have these Paloma popsicles in their lives, because you guys, they’re so good. And because bing-bang-boom, it’s Popsicle Week.

close up paloma popsicle

Paloma Popsicles
A Girl Versus Dough original

Yields: 10 to 12 popsicles


1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
2 1/2 cups grapefruit juice (from about 4 large grapefruit, if using fresh-squeezed juice)
1/2 cup lime juice
1/3 cup tequila
Pinch sea salt


In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir sugar into water until dissolved into a simple syrup. Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl or pitcher, combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, tequila and sea salt; add simple syrup and stir. Pour carefully into popsicle molds. Freeze 1 hour before inserting popsicle sticks into molds. Freeze 12 hours total before serving (less if you swap tequila for water or club soda).