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Paloma Recipe: Make the Classic Tequila Cocktail

Paloma Recipe: Make the Classic Tequila Cocktail
PALOMA COCKTAIL
MADE WITH Olmeca Altos Plata Paloma
FLAVOUR Sour
OCCASION Cinco de mayo
AUTHOR Olmeca Barman
Ingredients
2 parts silver tequila
1 part fresh lime juice
2 parts Grapefruit soda
Optional garnishes: Lime wheel, pink grapefruit and salt
Method

Frost your glass rim with salt (optional): Pour some salt in a shallow bowl or small plate. Run a lime wedge around the edge of the glass. Gently dip the outside of the rim in the salt to coat. Shake off the excess. Mix tequila, lime/lemon juice and sweetener: You can adjust your Paloma alcohol strength by adding a sweetener. If you're working to reduce your sugar intake instead, you can always leave it. Add ice and top with grapefruit juice/soda: a Paloma is always better on the rocks. Garnish with lime or grapefruit slice: the cocktail is ready to enjoy!

Delicious, smooth and refreshing, cocktails are always a welcome addition to fun moments. And the best thing? You can enjoy them on a hot afternoon, relaxed evening or when you want to have some fun times with your friends and loved ones.

If you’re looking for a fun cocktail to enjoy by the pool or on the patio this summer, look no further than the paloma. This drink is great for parties because it’s simple to make and can be customized with your favorite fruit juices or even sparkling water instead of soda if you want to make it a virgin cocktail.

Just like the legendary Margarita, the Paloma originally hails from Mexico. This cocktail was prepared for the first time by Javier Delgado, a renowned bartender and the owner of the world famous cocktail bar La Capilla (Spanish for the Chapel) in Tequila, Jalisco. A paloma is a drink that’s been around since the 1940s and has picked up steam in recent years.

You don’t need any special equipment to prepare this refreshing drink. To make a Paloma, mix all the ingredients in a highball glass or any glass you might have, and the party is on!

Paloma Cocktail Recipe Ingredients

Just like other iconic tequila cocktail recipes, the Paloma only needs three basic ingredients to become a reality:

  • 2 parts silver tequila
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 2 parts Grapefruit soda
  • Optional garnishes: Lime wheel, pink grapefruit and salt

The classic tequila cocktail

Make the Best Paloma Drink: What Do You Need?

If you want to prepare the most delightful version of this Paloma recipe, just make sure you make it bearing in mind the following recommendations:

  • Tequila: When making the cocktail ensure that you’re using good-quality Blanco (silver) tequila produced from 100% agave.
  • Grapefruit soda: In Mexico, Jarritos is the popular grapefruit soda for making cocktails. Other suitable options you can use include Squirt, Ting and Fresca. These are relatively easy to find, and even if you can’t access one, fresh grapefruit juice* yields a similar cocktail.
  • Lime juice: Fresh is always better, so getting a citrus juicer would make your work so much easier if you don’t already own one. The mix of tequila and lime juice is delicious.
  • Salt: Similar to its cousin the Margarita, some people like enjoying Paloma with a salted rim or adding a pinch of salt to the drink. This step is entirely optional, so feel free to leave it out if you don’t like it. However, if it’s your first time trying a Paloma, the salt addition is worth a trial!

Tip: To achieve the signature bubbling effect, you can complement the fresh juice with unflavoured sparkling water or club soda. You can also opt to add a sweetener like agave to balance the sour/tart profile of the cocktail.

How to Make the Original Paloma Recipe

This is a simple cocktail and it won’t take you more than five minutes to get it ready to go! Find below all steps to make this easy Paloma cocktail recipe:

  1. Frost your glass rim with salt (optional): Pour some salt in a shallow bowl or small plate. Run a lime wedge around the edge of the glass. Gently dip the outside of the rim in the salt to coat. Shake off the excess.
  2. Mix tequila, lime/lemon juice and sweetener: You can adjust your Paloma alcohol strength by adding a sweetener. If you’re working to reduce your sugar intake instead, you can always leave it.
  3. Add ice and top with grapefruit juice/soda: a Paloma is always better on the rocks.
  4. Garnish with lime or grapefruit slice: the cocktail is ready to enjoy!

Our Paloma Drink Recipe

 

Our Own Altos Paloma Recipe

What differentiates our recipe from the classic is the type of tequila used. The recipe uses Olmeca Altos Plata a classic unaged tequila produced from 100% Blue Agave grown sustainably in the Jalisco highlands. Young and fiery, the Altos Plata makes for a killer mixer for the Paloma and any other tequila-based cocktail.

In addition, our own 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.

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

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!

Just remember to prepare your glass by frosting the rim with salt and pink peppercorns. Then pour the tequila, lemon juice, pinch of salt and agave in the glass and stir to mix. Finally, fill the glass with ice, add the grapefruit juice and garnish with a grapefruit wedge. Enjoy!

Learn With Olmeca How to Make a Paloma Drink

Olmeca teaches you how to prepare this Paloma Drink. This is a delicious and unique cocktail that is not only easy to make, but also very fun. The ingredients are mostly common household items, and the end result is a very refreshing drink that will keep you cool when it’s hot out.

How to Prepare a Frozen Paloma Recipe

A frozen paloma is a perfect cocktail for the summer. It’s light, refreshing and not too sweet. It’s also really easy to make! You can serve it up in individual glasses with a lime wedge or rimmed glass, or you can make this recipe for a party and let your guests mix their own drinks.

This cocktail is made with tequila, grapefruit soda and lime juice. It’s a refreshing drink that’s perfect for any occasion.

The first thing you’ll need is two glasses—one for your finished drink and one for mixing everything together in.

Next, add ice cubes to the mixing glass until it’s about halfway full. Don’t fill it up all the way or your drink will taste watered down!

Now it’s time to add in the rest of your ingredients: 3 oz (90 mL) tequila blanco, 2 oz (60 mL) grapefruit soda (like Squirt), and 1 oz (30 mL) fresh lime juice (from about 2 limes). You can also use lemon juice if you prefer! Just make sure that whatever kind of fruit juice you use is fresh-squeezed and not from a bottle—it makes all the difference in taste!

Now that everything’s mixed together, pour it into one of your glasses and serve!

You can garnish this drink with salt or sugar if you like; however, we recommend leaving them out because they tend to overpower the flavor of the other ingredients when added too much.

Others Cocktails that Might Interest You

You may be wondering, “What are the best cocktails for a night out?”

We have the answer: the Spicy Margarita Recipe. This cocktail is a favorite of many, and is often served in a variety of different ways. You can find it made with any kind of tequila. You can find it made with fresh lime juice, or with orange juice. You can even find it made with both!

If you’re looking for something to spice up your night out, we recommend this cocktail as another option.

Enjoy your Paloma Cocktail with Altos

As you can see, making a Paloma at home is relatively easy. All you need is good quality tequila, like Olmeca Altos, and easy-to-find fresh ingredients. 

Our Altos Plata will work wonders for your cocktail. Made with 100% hand-picked blue weber agave, you can expect the quality to be top-notch. Plus, it’s pretty affordable!