This tangy drink is a fun Whole30 take on a Paloma Mocktail. With four simple ingredients, it’s a delicious and refreshing addition to warm-weather festivities! 

What is a Paloma drink?

A La Paloma (Spanish for “dove”) is traditionally a tequila-based cocktail. It is most often made with tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda. However, no alcohol is allowed on a Whole30 (read more about the Whole30 rules here). So, we got creative to make a mocktail for this drink that is still Whole30 compatible.

Tips for making this mocktail

Whole30 La Paloma Mocktail Ingredients

Our Paloma mocktail keeps its classic flavor profile with freshly squeezed lime and grapefruit juice. Then, we added a compatible sparkling grapefruit-flavored water. You can use whatever brand is compatible and accessible to you (we used Spindrift). Then, for a touch of sweetness to balance the tang of the grapefruit + lime juice, we added a splash of apple juice concentrate.

Apple juice concentrate is a frozen, concentrated form of apple juice found in the freezer section of most grocery stores. (Look for 100% juice with no added sweeteners.) Thaw in the fridge before use, and add a splash to drinks for a touch of sweetness without overpowering the flavor. If unavailable, substitute with 1/4+ cup apple juice, adding more to taste, but note that it won’t be as sweet.

Whole30 Paloma Mocktail

Whole30 Paloma Mocktail
Recipe & photos by Autumn Michaelis
Whole30 Paloma Mocktail

Whole30 Paloma Mocktail

With just 4 simple ingredients, this Whole30 Paloma Mocktail is a delicious and refreshing addition to warm-weather festivities!
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 2 people


  • Ice
  • 1 large grapefruit juiced
  • 1 medium lime juiced
  • 2 tbsp thawed apple juice concentrate
  • 1 can grapefruit-flavored sparkling water
  • additional cut lime wedges to garnish optional


  • FILL two small beverage cups halfway with ice.
  • DIVIDE the grapefruit juice, lime juice, and apple juice concentrate between the two cups.
  • FILL to the top with sparkling water and garnish with lime wedges, if desired. Drink immediately and enjoy!
Keyword drinks, mocktails
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Published by Lindsay Rhodes

Lindsay Rhodes currently lives in Chicago. She attended Butler University where she received her B.S. in Marketing and a minor in Strategic Communication. Previously, Lindsay has worked for management consulting firms as a marketing consultant and as a campus recruiter.

Autumn Michaelis

Recipe Creator | Whole Food for 7

Autumn Michaelis is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, with a B.S. in Exercise Science from BYU. Though exercise was her first love in the health world, nutrition has become her passion. She created the blog Wholefoodfor7, sharing easy and budget-friendly Whole30, Paleo, and gluten-free + dairy-free recipes for families. In August 2022, Autumn released the newest Whole30 Endorsed cookbook, Whole Food for Your Family. She is mom to 5 boys (yes 5!) and when not in the kitchen can be found adventuring, hiking, and tearing up the dance floor.