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The Paloma cocktail is a refreshing and vibrant libation that originated in Mexico, known for its bright citrus flavors and fizzy effervescence. While its exact origins are uncertain, the Paloma has become a beloved staple in Mexican cocktail culture, often enjoyed during warm summer days and festive celebrations.


Ingredients and Tools:

  • 60 ml (2 oz) tequila

  • 15 ml (1/2 oz) fresh lime juice

  • 90 ml (3 oz) grapefruit soda (e.g., Jarritos, Squirt, or Fresca)

  • Salt (for rimming, optional)

  • Ice cubes

  • Highball glass

  • Cocktail shaker

  • Jigger

Preparation Steps:

  1. If desired, rim the highball glass with salt by moistening the rim with a lime wedge and dipping it into a shallow dish of salt.

  2. Fill the glass with ice cubes.

  3. In a cocktail shaker, combine 60 ml (2 oz) of tequila and 15 ml (1/2 oz) of fresh lime juice.

  4. Shake well with ice to chill the ingredients.

  5. Strain the tequila-lime mixture into the prepared highball glass over the ice.

  6. Top off with 90 ml (3 oz) of grapefruit soda.

  7. Stir gently to combine.

Flavor Profile:

The Paloma cocktail offers a delightful balance of sweet, tart, and tangy flavors, with the boldness of tequila complemented by the citrusy notes of lime and grapefruit soda. It's a refreshing and easy-to-drink cocktail that's perfect for enjoying year-round.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Tequila Selection: When making a Paloma, opt for a high-quality blanco or reposado tequila with vibrant agave flavors. The choice of tequila can greatly impact the overall taste and character of the cocktail.

  • Fresh Lime Juice: Using freshly squeezed lime juice is essential for achieving the bright, citrusy flavors that define the Paloma cocktail. Avoid bottled lime juice, as it may lack the freshness and vibrancy of freshly squeezed juice.

  • Grapefruit Soda Options: While traditional Paloma recipes call for grapefruit soda, feel free to experiment with different brands and variations to find your favorite. Some popular options include Jarritos, Squirt, or Fresca.

  • Adjusting Sweetness: Depending on your preference, you can adjust the sweetness of the Paloma by varying the amount of grapefruit soda used. Add more or less soda to achieve your desired level of sweetness.

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