The Paloma

Published on Jan 13, 2018

The Paloma is one of Mexico’s favorite cocktails.  Although, margaritas are most popular here in the US, but in Mexico, the Paloma is king.  The combination of sweet and tart grapefruit, tangy fresh-squeezed lime and tequila is perfectly refreshing and it’s super easy to prepare.  While there is an original standard Paloma recipe, there are plenty of variations out there.  Even though the original recipe calls for grapefruit soda, I used real grapefruit juice and added a splash of club soda.  I find that this way the grapefruit flavor really stands out.  Of course, don’t forget to save some of the fruit for garnish.  You also have the option of adding salt to the glass rim, or directly mixing it into the cocktail.

Some will consider this a summer drink, but since the grapefruits are in season now, the Paloma is a clear choice.  So no matter the season, this bright, sunny, citrus drink will cheer you up and make you feel summer is here!

The Paloma
  1. 4 oz Tequila
  2. 3 oz Grapefruit juice
  3. 1 oz Lime juice
  4. 1 oz Simple syrup
  5. 1 oz Club soda
  6. Handful Mint leaves
  7. Lime wedges
  8. Grapefruit wedges (mix ruby red and white variety)
  9. Salt for the rim
  1. In a shaker or a glass pitcher muddle some mint leaves.
  2. Add the tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and simple syrup.
  3. Shake or stir to combine.
  4. Pour over ice into the glasses rimmed with salt.
  5. Top with club soda and stir to combine.
  6. Garnish with additional lime, mint and grapefruit slices.

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