A Pink “Lion-Energy” Cocktail

South Africa takes pride in producing an exceptional, premium 100% agave spirit, which is essentially our local counterpart to tequila. Leonista, made in the arid regions of the Karoo, is a 100% organic marvel.

We are captivated by its exquisitely designed logo and the delightful flavour of this golden, honeyed elixir. But what truly enamours us about Leonista is its profound meaning: “lion energy” or “lion person,” promising to awaken the lion within #awakenthelionwithin.

Tanda Tula’s favourite grapefruit cocktail employs Leonista to create our unique rendition of the Paloma, a well-known relative of the margarita. This pink “lion-energy” cocktail is a delightful combination of sweetness, tartness, and refreshment, suitable for any occasion. 

The best part is, it’s incredibly easy to make—you won’t even need a cocktail shaker! Apart from the salt rim, it can be effortlessly stirred together directly in the glass.


  • 60 ml Leonista (or your preferred tequila)
  • 15 ml fresh lime juice
  • 60 ml fresh grapefruit juice
  • 15 ml sugar syrup
  • Soda water
  • Flaky sea salt and a grapefruit wedge for garnish


  1. Cut a small notch in the grapefruit wedge, then rub the grapefruit around the rim of the glass.
  2. Dip the rim into a plate of flaky sea salt, coating the edge.
  3. Add tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and sugar syrup to the glass. Stir gently until well combined.
  4. Fill the glass with ice.
  5. Top it off with soda water.
  6. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.
  7. Serve and enjoy!