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The Paloma Cocktail - History and Recipe

Updated: Aug 5, 2022

Searching for a cool, refreshing drink in this hot summer season? The Paloma cocktail is the perfect thirst-quencher. The tequila and grapefruit soda make it the perfect cocktail to keep cool. There are a range of takes on the Paloma, such as the addition of fresh lime or simple syrup to change it's vibe. Famous in Mexico and the west coast of the US, this drink is quickly increasing in popularity across the pond. So let's dive into this beautiful cocktail a little deeper.


The Paloma is a Mexican drink credited to the to the bartender Don Javier, and perhaps introduced to the US by Evan Harrison, where its popularity has quickly grown. The word Paloma comes from the Spanish word "dove."

There are four varieties of this drink; sour, salty, sweet, and bitter, all that are achieved with the addition of other ingredients from the standard, simple recipe.

What should we know about Paloma?

In simple words, a Paloma is a cocktail drink that is a combination of tequila and grapefruit. Other ingredients such as salt, ice, and lime juice make it tastier.


The Paloma cocktail ingredients include tequila, lime juice, agave nectar, salt, and grapefruit juice. Here is how to make it.


  • 1/4 cup lime juice

  • A pinch of salt

  • 1 and 1/2 tequila

  • 4 oz grapefruit soda

  • 1/4 oz. of grapefruit juice

  • Garnish with a grapefruit slice

How to make it:

  1. Generously add ice into a tall glass; it should be two-thirds full.

  2. Now add the lime juice, tequila, and grapefruit juice.

  3. Add a pinch of salt.

  4. Add the grapefruit soda to the top.

  5. Serve with a slice of fresh grapefruit or lime in the drink.

  6. Enjoy your Paloma!

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