The Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Has the Paloma surpassed the Margarita as Mexico's best cocktail?

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Paloma: the Spanish word for a majestic dove. For many years people have come to know margaritas as the official cocktail of Mexico, incorporating it as a staple into any vacation, party or fiesta. But in Mexico, the Paloma is, in fact, one of the most popular cocktails, it is only a matter of time before you find a Paloma on every bar menu around you. And the best part is that they are super simple to make, and will take your parties to new heights, just as its name suggests.

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Paloma Recipe


  • 2 oz Blanco or Reposado Tequila
  • 6 oz Grapefruit Flavoured Soda
  • 1/2 Simple Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup Pink Himalayan Salt, for rimming
  • 1 Lime Wedge
  • 1 Grapefruit, one half sliced into rings for garnish, other half juiced
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Prep a 12oz glass by coating the rim in lime juice by splicing the lime wedge and juicing over the rim. Then dip the rim in a plate of the Himalayan salt until it is evenly coated.

Fill the glass with ice and first combine the tequila, simple syrup and grapefruit juice. Top off the glass with the grapefruit soda.

Place grapefruit rings as garnish either on the rim or inside the glass alongside the walls. And now it’s time to fiesta, with the crisp taste of a Paloma.

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Kristina Ramcharran
Kristina is a Toronto-based journalist who enjoys all things food and beverage. Being heavily involved in the hospitality industry, she enjoys bartending inside and outside of work and learning about the latest food trends. In her spare time she dabbles in photography, dance and blog writing. DINE Magazine is her home away from home.