Paloma Cocktail Recipe

The Cocktail Society's Paloma Cocktail recipe. Learn how to make a Paloma with our expert mixologists.
Paloma Cocktail Recipe







Paloma Cocktail Recipe Ingredients

50ml Reposado or Blanco Tequila
15ml Fresh Lime Juice
5ml Agave Syrup
25ml Pink Grapefruit Juice
Grapefruit Soda

How to Make A Paloma Cocktail

Use the salt to make a salt rim around a Collins or highball glass.

Add all ingredients into the glass in order over cubed ice.

Mix in the glass and then top with soda.

Garnish with 1/2 Grapefruit Slice & Rosemary Sprig.

Tell Us About the Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Paloma means “Dove” in Spanish.

The grapefruit flavour takes the edge off the Tequila. Salt and Tequila are always a match made in heaven, with the salt lessening the burn from the spirit.

The origins of this Mexican favourite are cloaked in mystery.

A street in Tequila, Jalisco in Mexico, thought to be the home of the Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Most people believe The Paloma was created by the legendary Don Javier Delgado Corona. Don Javier has denied creating the drink but given that he created the soda-based tequila cocktail the Batanga, and ran the La Capilla bar in the aptly named town of Tequila in Jalisco, Mexico, you can see why people may have been convinced.

Another story ascribes the origin of the drink to a pamphlet named “Popular Cocktails of the Rio Grande”, but this is suspected to be a hoax.

Where ever it was first created, the Paloma is a well balanced drink which really celebrates the Tequila spirit. The grapefruit flavour takes the edge off the Tequila, with the salt lessening the burn from the spirit.

Our tip: try the Paloma cocktail recipe with the different types of tequila to see how the flavour changes. Our favourite is to use Blanco Tequila.


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