This Paloma cocktail is a refreshing grapefruit juice and tequila based drink. It is one of the most popular drinks in Mexico. Even more popular than classic Margarita.
Paloma cocktail is the most popular cocktail in Mexico, even more popular than Margarita. Are you surprised ? I was too, when I have discovered this refreshing drink during our travels in Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen in Mexico.
This was our number one drink with my husband, when we started our evening at one of many amazing restaurants in Playa del Carmen. Riviera Maya in Mexico is a beautiful piece of land, surrounded by the most beautiful turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. And of course, they have a great drinks!
Paloma cocktail ingredients
Paloma cocktail is very easy drink to make and only few ingredients are needed. Good quality blanco tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, honey or agave syrup, club soda and fresh lime juice.
Tequila– good quality blanco tequila is a key. But you can use your favourite tequila.
Grapefruit juice– best is to use fresh grapefruit juice, so buy fresh grapefruit and squeeze that fresh juice, it’s really worth it!
Honey or Agave syrup– both works, but I prefer honey, it gives the exact sweetness I like.
Club soda or flavoured grapefruit sparkling water– I used to use classic club soda/ sparkling water. But lately I have been using lightly flavoured Perrier Grapefruit sparkling water. And it gives to the whole cocktail totally different taste. I love it, try it too!
Salt- this cocktail is a cousin to famous Margarita, so salty rims are the classic way of serving Paloma. But if you dislike glasses with salty rims, you can skip this step.
Pomegranate seeds – This is my personal touch. I like the red colourful Pomegranate seeds dancing in the cocktail. And occasionally crunching on these yummy seeds.
Lime juice– I am using only a little squirt of lime juice in this recipe to add the perfect balance in between the tartness of grapefruit juice and sweetness from the honey. But if you prefer more acid drink, feel free to use more lime juice.
Shaker – it is not necessary to use shaker to make this cocktail, but it’s recommended. I have received mine from my sister and loving it. If you are planning to make more cocktail, it come handy.
How to make Paloma Cocktail
Make the salty rims– Start with rubbing the rim of the glass with lime wedge. Then place the rim of the glass on the small plate filled with salt. With a round motion or light tap on the plate with the glass, the salt will stick to the rim of the glass.
Shaking the cocktail – Now either in the shaker or directly in the glass. (I recommend the shaker, because pouring directly the ingredients in the glass may ruin the salty rims.) Add tequila, juice from grapefruit, honey in the shaker and close it. Shake gently five times or so. Fill the glass with ice cubes and pomegranate seeds, and pour the Paloma cocktail over the ice cubes.
Finishing touches– Finalize the Paloma cocktail with club soda or sparkling water and add squirt of lime juice. Garnish with round or wedge of lime. Serve immediately!
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- 2 shots tequila
- 2 shots fresh juice from ruby grapefruit
- 2 tsps honey
- 3 shots club soda
- squirt of fresh lime juice
- few ice cubes
- 1 wedge lime for salted rim
- salt for salted rim
- few pomegranate seeds optional
- 1 round or wedge of lime for garnish
- To make the salted rim, moisten the rim of a glass with the lime wedge, then dip it into the salt to coat.
- In the cocktail shaker add tequila, grapefruit juice and honey. Shake until well mixed.
- Strain into the glass filled with ice and pomegranate seeds (optional) and top up with club soda.
- Garnish with lime and add squirt of lime.
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