Paloma

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Cocktail History

The Paloma is a classic cocktail that was created by Don Javier Delgado Corona in the mid-1900s at his bar La Capilla in Tequila, Mexico. Its name is Spanish for “dove,” and it is traditionally made with tequila, grapefruit, lime, and salt.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Tequila Blanco: This is the base spirit that adds agave flavor. We used El Jimador Tequila Blanco because it’s clear, light, and flavorful, and it’s affordable.

Grapefruit Soda: This is a carbonated beverage flavored with grapefruit juice. We used IZZE Grapefruit Soda because it’s very flavorful and is made with 70% fruit juice.

Grapefruit Juice: This adds tangy citrus flavors. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Lime Juice: This also adds sour citrus flavors for balance. Just like the grapefruit juice, we used fresh lime juice.

Salt: This adds savoriness and can also be added to the rim for more flavor.

Lime Wheel: This is the garnish. It adds more fresh lime aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The recipe for the Paloma in the book calls for soda water, but we upped the flavor a bit by using a grapefruit soda instead. The result was so good—perfectly tart, a little sweet, and salty.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum.

AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Tequila
 3 oz Izze Grapefruit Soda
 3 oz Grapefruit Juice
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 1 pinch Salt
 1 Lime Wheel

Method
1

Add tequila, lime juice, and salt to a lowball glass.

2

Stir for 10-15 seconds.

3

Fill glass with ice.

4

Top with grapefruit juice and grapefruit soda.

5

Stir for 5-10 more seconds.

6

Garnish with lime wheel.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Tequila
 3 oz Izze Grapefruit Soda
 3 oz Grapefruit Juice
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 1 pinch Salt
 1 Lime Wheel

Directions

Method
1

Add tequila, lime juice, and salt to a lowball glass.

2

Stir for 10-15 seconds.

3

Fill glass with ice.

4

Top with grapefruit juice and grapefruit soda.

5

Stir for 5-10 more seconds.

6

Garnish with lime wheel.

Paloma

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More Tequila Cocktails

If you like this tequila-based cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Salted Sage Paloma: A tequila cocktail made with grapefruit juice, lime juice, salted sage syrup, soda water, and sage leaves

 Privateer (Variation): A tequila cocktail made with passion fruit syrup, pineapple juice, lime juice, smoke and salt bitters, rosemary, and Tajín

 Wild Rose: A tequila and dry sparkling wine cocktail made with pineapple gum syrup, maraschino liqueur, Angostura aromatic bitters, and a orange twist

 Mocha Spiked Horchata: A tequila cocktail made with horchata, cold-brew coffee, chocolate bitters, and ground cinnamon

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