Paloma is a famous cocktail that has won the hearts and taste buds of many. In Mexico, it reigns supreme —and for a reason. The cocktail brings together the bitterness of grapefruit, the tart of lime, the sweetness of sugar and tequila —the ultimate flavor bomb! And you don’t even need a cocktail shaker or any equipment to make one for yourself. Simply mix the ingredients in the glass and enjoy.

So, what is the best Paloma recipe? Altos Paloma is a classic, refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail. Made only with the finest tequila —the Altos Plata, you can expect the drink to be smooth, and at the same time, bursting with flavor.

In addition to the top-grade tequila, the Altos tequila cocktail features fresh grapefruit juice, a touch of lemon juice, a hint of agave and a pinch of salt to enhance the overall flavor.

The Best Altos Paloma Recipe

Our own Altos Paloma cocktail is pretty easy to make. And you only need these 5 ingredients to be able to sit down and enjoy your drink.

  • 2 Parts Altos Tequila Plata
  • 2 Parts Fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 Part lemon juice
  • 1/2 Part Agave syrup
  • Pinch of salt

How to Make Tequila with Grapefruit Juice

If you like, you can frost your glass rims with salt and crushed peppercorns beforehand. To make this grapefruit Paloma:

  • Pour all the ingredients (tequila lemon salt, and syrup) except the grapefruit juice into the glass
  • Mix to dissolve the salt and syrup
  • Top with ice and finish with the fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and enjoy!
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Improve Your Paloma with Tequila and Grapefruit

If you like your cocktails tasty, you will instantly fall in love with the Altos tequila and grapefruit juice recipe. The sweet notes of the agave syrup work to heighten the sweetness and sour of the drink, resulting in a delicious drink.

For any tequila cocktail, including Paloma, the Altos Plata tequila is always a perfect pairing. Olmeca Altos Plata is a smooth silver tequila infused with the herbaceous aroma of cooked agave. Its citric and herbaceous notes beautifully blend with the juices to create a vibrant and refreshing drink fit for any occasion.

Discover Other Best Paloma Recipes

Just like its cousin —the Margarita, there are endless ways to enjoy Paloma. Smoky, fruity, or spicy, there are plenty of recipes for every occasion and taste. Here are some of our favorite options:

Lone Ranger

If you are more into drinking sparkling wine or champagne, you will definitely fall in love with the Lone Range.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Ounces Silver Tequila
  • 2 Ounces Brut rosé sparkling wine
  • 1 Ounce Lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce Simple syrup
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Directions

  1. Pour the ingredients except for the sparkling wine into a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake until well-chilled.
  3. Add the sparkling wine.
  4. Strain into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with the lemon twist.

Paloma Milk Punch

Do you wanna feel like you're spending your holidays on your dream island? No worries! With this tequila variation you will definitely transport yourself there.

Ingredients

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

Serves 10

Directions

  1. Pour the tequila, liqueurs, spice mix, hoja santa and tarragon tea in a large shallow container and infuse for 2 hours.
  2. Strain the spices and return the mix to the container.
  3. In a jug, combine the grapefruit and lime juice.
  4. Heat the coconut milk to 170 °F, stirring constantly.
  5. Transfer the cooked milk to a jug.
  6. Slowly and carefully pour both the coconut milk and the citrus mixture over the entire surface of the punch.
  7. Let the punch sit for 1 hour at room temperature, then refrigerate for another hour.
  8. Strain the mix using a cheesecloth, then through a coffee filter and refrigerate.
  9. Pour into a glass with ice.
  10. Top with club soda.

Vida Paloma

Probably, if you are a tequila lover you will also enjoy trying mezcal. This recipe will open up a new world of flavor for you just by changing from one spirit to another.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces mezcal
  • 3 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces club soda
  • Garnish: Grapefruit wheel, cilantro sprig, jalapeno, pequin pepper

Directions

  1. Rim half of your glass with the pequin pepper.
  2. Pour the mezcal, juices and syrup into a shaker with ice and shake.
  3. Strain into the glass over ice.
  4. Top with the club soda.
  5. Garnish and enjoy.
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History of Paloma

We need to bring ourselves to Tequila (Jalisco) to discover a little bit about the story of the Paloma. First made by Don Javier Delgado, the bartender and owner of La Capilla (The Chapel in Spanish), the cocktail has become a true gem in Mexico since then.

So, if you ever plan to visit this world famous tequila place, make sure you have a look at the walls: you might see some photos of Henry Besant, one of our founders, hanging out with Delgado! 

Despite what is popularly believed, it’s a reality that the Paloma is the most loved agave-made drink in the land of tequila. However, it’s also true that Margaritas have always been on top of the list in the US, but the roles between them two are now changing.

The crucial step in creating a great Paloma is selecting the best tequila you can find. Made with 100% of the best agave, Olmeca Altos Plata is the number one choice tequila for your grapefruit Paloma recipe. After all, if you’re going to make a Paloma with grapefruit juice, you might as well make yourself the best there is.