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What's a Paloma Anyway?

This blog/website would not exist had I not discovered La Paloma. That being said, I can’t exactly recall when I discovered/began drinking/became slightly obsessed with La Paloma. It was somewhat recently, maybe about three or four years ago, but man, I got bit hard by the Paloma bug. A Paloma is a cocktail made from tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice and a splash of grapefruit flavored soda. YUM.

If you are interested in finding the history of the Paloma cocktail here is a good place to start:

Admittedly, the history seems a bit nebulous. I still enjoy reading about it and imagining how it came to be.

I’m not sure Mexico has an official national cocktail but if I had thought about it I would have guessed the margarita. You too? Not so, but don’t feel badly. It seems that La Paloma is a more popular cocktail in Mexico.

Now I get it-I think tequila pairs more naturally with grapefruit juice than it does with lime juice. It is effortless, breezy, refreshing. Literally, summer in a glass.

Here is how I make mine:

1/4 cup fresh Ruby Red grapefruit juice 1/4 cup Casamigos Tequila Blanco Juice of approx 1/2 lime 3 dashes Angostura Bitters Splash of Polar Half and Half or other grapefruit flavored soda

  • Stir or shake tequila, grapefruit juice, and lime juice together.

  • Pour over ice.

  • Add the bitters and add a splash of grapefruit soda.

I realize that you won’t find bitters in most recipes for a Paloma. However, I feel it softens and rounds out all the flavors beautifully. Give it a try with and see if you like it!


May 3, 2019

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