The Paloma is a cocktail you’ll be sipping all summer long. Reminiscent of its Mexican cousin, the Margarita, this Paloma cocktail recipe is fresh and tart but fruitier due to the grapefruit soda.
You may be wondering about grapefruit soda. Well, we have a couple on the market here in the US. I used Squirt, though Fresca is another choice. IZZE makes one too but I find that to be too sweet.
The grapefruit dominates the tequila just a bit but not so much that you can’t taste it. For this reason, I recommend a Reposado tequila. A reposado is not aged as long as an Añejo and should be less expensive.
If you have silver and don’t want to venture out, use it. Silver has a bit more of a bite and that paired with the grapefruit could be overpowering. If you have some club soda add a splash to soften it. Taste first though.
When people think of a Cinco de Mayo cocktail, they usually think of a margarita. Here’s a little Paloma cocktail history. It’s a tequila drink that has its origins in Mexico. Paloma translates to dove and research suggests the concoction was created by the bartender and owner of La Capilla in Tequila, Mexico.
The Paloma cocktail recipe is crisp and tart but very well balanced. If you can’t find Squirt, Fresca is a good substitute, as I mentioned above. Grapefruit juice with a splash of club soda would be another good option.
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- 6 ounces grapefruit soda such as Squirt
- 2 ounces Reposado tequila
- 1 ½ tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- Lime wheel for garnish
- In a glass add ice, grapefruit soda, tequila and lime juice. Gently stir to mix.
- Garnish glass with a lime wheel and enjoy!