It’s finally that time of the day. The sun is slowly sinking below the horizon and it’s time to shower ourselves with love. After a busy day or lazy afternoon, you will want something to uplift your spirits. Something that can speak to your soul and respond to your inner tastes and desires. Something like a cocktail!

Whatever the scenario, whatever the mood, the Paloma is a great choice. It only features three ingredients; tequila, grapefruit juice and lime juice. So easy to make!

Suspend your reality and create a new one for which you are the boss with an Altos Paloma.

You will need Altos tequila, fresh pink grapefruit juice, lemon juice, a pinch of salt and agave syrup to make the drink. A touch of salt on the rim of the glass enhances the tequila lemon cocktail’s sweet and sour notes.

The Best Altos Paloma Recipe

To get our easy and refreshing grapefruit cocktail ready to drink, you only need to have the following ingredients:

  • 2 Parts Olmeca Altos Plata tequila
  • 2 Parts fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 Part Lemon juice
  • Agave syrup
  • Salt

How To Make Paloma with Tequila and Grapefruit

The best thing with Palomas is that you don’t need any special equipment to make one. Simply mix all the ingredients in a glass and you have your cocktail!

  1. Prepare your glass by frosting the rim with salt and pink peppercorns.
  2. Pour the tequila, lemon juice, pinch of salt and agave in the glass and stir to mix.
  3. Fill the glass with ice and add the grapefruit juice.
  4. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and enjoy!

Tip: Tequila salt not only elevates your drink’s profile but also livens up your cocktail presentation.

Improve Your Paloma with Tequila & Lemon

Tequila with lemon and salt makes for quite an interesting collaboration. Altos silver tequila provides lime notes with hints of herbs and a mild sweetness thanks to the roasted agave. The sour and salty of the lime and salt then work to balance and enhance this profile.

In addition to all these beautiful flavors, this tequila and grapefruit juice recipe adds one significant but completely optional ingredient —agave syrup. This sweetener rounds everything up, resulting in a perfectly balanced and refreshing cocktail. Agave syrup comes from the blue agave plant used to make tequila Plata, which is probably why the two pair well.

Find Out Other Grapefruit Paloma Recipes

Whether you like your cocktail spicy, sweet or sour, the possibilities are endless with a Paloma.

Explore our three favorite recipes below:

Lone Ranger

Check out all the ingredients to prepare this bubbly and easy cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Parts silver tequila
  • 1 Part lemon juice
  • 1/2 Part simple syrup
  • 2 Parts brut rosé sparkling wine

Directions

  1. Pour the tequila, lemon juice and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  3. Add the sparkling wine.
  4. Strain into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a lime twist and enjoy.

Paloma Milk Punch

This one is a little bit more complex, but if you follow all the steps correctly you will be the coolest in the room. 

Ingredients

  • 6 Parts silver tequila
  • 3 Parts Giffard creme de pamplemousse rose liqueur
  • 1 1/2 Parts Ancho Reyes Verde chile liqueur
  • 7 1/2 Parts Hoja santa and tarragon tea
  • Spice mixture*
  • 4 1/2 Parts fresh grapefruit juice
  • 4 1/2 Parts fresh lime juice
  • 3 1/2 Parts coconut milk
  • Club soda

Directions

  1. Pour the tequila, liqueurs, spice mixture, hoja santa and tarragon tea.
  2. Let it sit for about 2 hours, then strain the spices.
  3. Combine the grapefruit and lime juice in a separate container and put aside.
  4. Heat the coconut milk to 170 degrees Fahrenheit, constantly stirring and transfer to a jug.
  5. Simultaneously pour the milk and citrus mixture over the entire surface of the punch.
  6. Let the mix sit at room temperature for 1 hour, then refrigerate for another extra hour.
  7. Strain the mixture and refrigerate.
  8. Serve over ice and top with club soda.

Vida Paloma

For this version, you will need to use mezcal instead of tequila. This is going to give the cocktail a new and powerful taste, but you won’t regret it!

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Mezcal
  • 3 parts Fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 part Simple syrup
  • 1/4 part Fresh lime juice
  • 2 parts Club soda
  • Garnishes: Grapefruit wedge, jalapeño, cilantro sprig and chile piquin

Directions

  1. Frost half of the glass rim with the chile piquin.
  2. Add the mezcal, lime juice, grapefruit juice into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into the glass over ice.
  4. Finish with the club soda.
  5. Garnish and enjoy!
cocktails with lemon juice

History of Paloma

The Paloma is one of the most famous cocktails in Mexico and that’s a fact. Its origins took place in La Capilla (the Chapel in spanish), a bar that became famous for preparing tequila cocktails with soda, lemon and salt; without the use of a shaker. Its legendary owner and bartender, Don Javier Delgado, made the invention many years ago. 

What differentiates our recipe from the classic one is the type of tequila used. Our version is made with Olmeca Altos Plata —a classic unaged tequila produced from 100% blue agave grown sustainably in the Jalisco highlands. Young and fiery, tequila Altos Plata makes for a killer mixer for the Paloma and any other tequila-based cocktail.

Grab yourself some premium Olmeca silver tequila and make our own version of one of the most famous cocktails with lemon juice.