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Paloma Cocktail – A Beautiful Mess


If you love margaritas but sometimes find them too sweet, a classic Paloma may be your perfect drink. This tequila-based drink uses grapefruit and lime juice. It has the right balance of sweet and sour citrus.

Paloma is Mexico’s national drink and most popular cocktail. We definitely recommend ordering this popular cocktail next time you’re out and about. Today, let’s learn the perfect paloma recipe at home.

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Ingredients in Paloma

  • tequila Tequila Blanco is the base of this drink.
  • grapefruit juice – Freshly squeezed if you have it available.
  • Sparkling water – Any type of soft drink will do.
  • Agave nectar -For a little added sweetness.
  • Fresh Lemonade – Adds a little extra flavour.
  • turn salt – for the edge. I always reserve This salt On your hand.

Traditional Paloma is made with grapefruit soda (instead of grapefruit juice and sparkling water). I like this recipe too, but after tasting it, I much prefer the grapefruit juice version, as it tastes fresher and more flavorful.

directions

Start by preparing the salt rim. I use a little honey or aloe vera to cover half the outer rim of the cup. Dip it in salt to prepare the rim, making sure none of it gets into the cup.

In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice and agave. Shake with ice for 10-15 seconds.

Pour into a glass filled with ice. Top the glass with sparkling water and stir.

Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

What does Paloma taste like?

The Paloma cocktail tastes like a grapefruit version of a margarita. It’s less sweet and lighter with the addition of sparkling water. It’s a delicious tequila cocktail.

History of the Paloma cocktail

Paloma translates to “dove” in Spanish. This drink likely originated in the 1950s, when it was first made by bartender Don Javier Delgado Corona in Tequila, Mexico. It was probably named after the famous folk song “La Paloma”. Regardless of how this cocktail was created, we’re glad it has now stood the test of time with decades of popularity.

Tips for making

  • Salting the rim isn’t necessary, but I love what it adds to this cocktail. I never get over it. I like to use kosher salt or margarita salt.
  • Fresh grapefruit juice is worth the effort and is definitely delicious. However, I use store-bought juice more often. No one will judge you
  • If you don’t have blanco tequila available, you can substitute it with a light-aged reposado tequila. We do not recommend using anejo tequila (anything that has been aged for a long time).
  • My favorite glass to serve Paloma is Simple rocks glass.
  • If you don’t have agave nectar, you can substitute it with honey syrup or simple syrup.

Paloma Variations

  • Paloma with grapefruit soda -You can use sweetened grapefruit soda (such as Jarritos or Squirt) instead of soda and grapefruit juice. Omit the agave syrup if you use this variation.
  • Mezcal paloma -Make a smokier, more intense cocktail by replacing tequila with mezcal.
  • Spicy Paloma – Mix some sliced ​​jalapeno peppers in the grapefruit juice before mixing the rest of the cocktail. Served with jalapeno on top.
  • Pink Paloma – Choose ruby ​​red grapefruit juice to prepare a pink cocktail.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between a margarita and a paloma?

Think of Margarita and Paloma as sisters. Margaritas are more popular and sweeter. Paloma is lower and less sweet. They are similar drinks but very different.

What is Palomas made of?

Palomas are made with tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and sparkling water (or grapefruit soda). Agave is an optional ingredient to add extra sweetness.

Is Paloma a popular drink?

While the margarita is undoubtedly the most popular tequila drink in the United States, the national drink in Mexico is the paloma.

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directions

  • Start by salting the edge of the glass. I use a little honey or aloe vera to cover half the outer rim of the cup. Dip it in salt to prepare the rim, making sure none of it gets into the cup.

  • In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice and agave. Shake with ice for 10-15 seconds.

  • Pour into a glass filled with ice. Top the glass with sparkling water and stir.

  • Add a piece of grapefruit for garnish.

Notes

  • Salting the rim isn’t necessary, but I love what it adds to this cocktail. I never get over it.
  • Fresh grapefruit juice is worth the effort and is definitely delicious. However, I use store-bought juice more often. No one will judge you
  • If you don’t have blanco tequila available, you can substitute it with a light-aged reposado tequila. We do not recommend using anejo tequila (anything that has been aged for a long time).

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Nutritional facts

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*Percent Daily Values ​​are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Note: Nutrition is automatically calculated using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where appropriate, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.



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