Frozen Beer Paloma
Frozen Beer Paloma

Keep your party guests cool with this frozen beer paloma. You don’t even have to save extra ice – we have a genius tip for chilling the cocktail!

On the hottest of days you might be craving an ice cold drink – I know I do! This frozen beer paloma will keep you cool. It’s a frosty take on the Paloma cocktail, featuring tequila, fresh grapefruit and lime juice, and a slightly fruity, bitter beer.

The ingredients are blended together, frozen, broken into mushy chunks, and topped with more beer. Then all you need is a straw, with which you can regularly mix the slush while drinking.

As I researched the history of the Paloma cocktail, I realized that there was quite a bit of misinformation out there. In 2009, some bartenders faked the cocktail’s Wikipedia page. Its origins are hazy, but it seems it didn’t exist before 2000. As with many drinks, an unknown origin only adds to the mystery and offers something to think about while sipping on the delicious cocktail.

My recommendations based on ingredients

Grapefruit: Go with a pink or yellow grapefruit as they are sweeter. If your grocery store or farmer’s market has signs describing grapefruit varieties, choose the sweetest one. I use Duncan, a type of juice, because we have a grapefruit tree on our property. Avoid white grapefruit as it is bitter and not sweet. There is one exception: Oro Blanco is a hybrid white grapefruit variety that is very sweet and not bitter.

agave: I preferred agave over regular plain syrup as it adds a richer and earthier sweetness to the cocktail, but it’s perfectly fine to use plain syrup. Just know that agave is sweeter than plain syrup, so taste the mixture before freezing it. You may need to add 1/4 ounce of simple syrup.

Beer: Go with a light Mexican beer, like Corona or Tecate. They add some crisp, light bitter notes without overpowering the grapefruit and tequila.

tequila: A frozen beer paloma has a lower alcohol content than a paloma because it calls for beer and less tequila. If you opt for a tequila, a blanco brings with it a slightly sweet, vegetal flavor but doesn’t overpower the other ingredients the way an aged tequila does. I choose Tequila Cazadores Blanco for its fresh taste and budget-friendly price.

Instead of using ice, freeze the cocktail

Rather than chilling the cocktail with ice, which will make it watery, I recommend freezing it overnight. Then break it up into pieces that fit in your glass and pour some beer over it. The presence of the alcohol keeps the mixture from freezing solid, leaving a soft, frozen, semi-frozen texture.

Frozen beer Paloma for a party

Need to make enough Paloma Frozen Beer for a party? Multiply the ingredients by the number of guests. Pour everything into a ziplock gallon freezer bag. Seal tightly and freeze for at least 8 hours.

You can break the frozen mixture into pieces with your hands right inside the bag. Transfer the icy chunks to serving glasses and top with an ounce of beer. Give it a stir, garnish with a grapefruit slice and a lime wheel, and you have a frozen beer paloma!

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  • Frozen Cucumber Margaritas
  • Frozen siesta cocktail

Frozen beer Paloma

preparation time
7 minutes

rest time
3 hours

total time
3 hrs 7 mins

1 serving

1 cocktail


  • 2 ounces fresh or store bought grapefruit juice

  • 1 ounce tequila White

  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

  • 1/2 ounce agave or simple syrup

  • 5 ounces Beerlike Corona or Tecate

  • Grapefruit wedges, for garnish (optional)

  • lime Wheels, for garnish (optional)


  1. Combine the ingredients:

    In a freezer-safe container, combine grapefruit juice, tequila, lime juice, agave, and 4 ounces of beer. Mix gently.

  2. Freeze the mixture:

    Place the mixture in the freezer for at least 3 hours, until frozen but not rock hard.

  3. Break up the frozen mixture:

    Use a chopstick, fork, or wooden spoon to break the frozen mixture into chunks. Transfer them to a serving glass.

  4. Top up with more beer and serve:

    Pour the remaining 1 ounce of beer over the slushy. Garnish with a grapefruit slice and a lime wheel, if you like, and serve.

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nutritional information (per serving)
200 calories
0g Fat
23g carbohydrates
1g protein
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