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Paloma Cocktail

Paloma Cocktail - The Definitive Recipe

The paloma cocktail is a classic Mexican drink made with tequila, lime juice and grapefruit soda. Discover the traditional recipe and try it at home.


23 November, 2021
Average: 4.3 (4 votes)

serves for



1 3/4 OZ (50 ml) Tequila 100% Agave 
Lime juice
1/2 OZ (15 ml) Freshly squeezed lime juice
Pink grapefruit soda
3 1/3 OZ (100 ml)


Slice of lime



Bar Tools

Dry scoop - manual citrus squeezer - jigger - bar spoon - fruit tweezers



Step 01

Paloma Step one

Fill your chosen glass with ice, ideally using a dry scoop that allows the water to escape through the holes, allowing only dry ice to be poured into the glass.

Step 02

Paloma Step Two

Squeeze 1/2 OZ (15 ml) of lime with a manual juicer and pour directly into the jigger (to check the exact amount of juice) and then into the glass.

Step 03

Paloma Step three

Measure and pour 1 3/4 OZ (50 ml) of tequila into the glass with the jigger.

Step 04

Paloma Step four

Add a pinch of salt.

Step 05

Paloma Step Five

Pour 3 1/3 OZ (100 ml) of pink grapefruit soda straight into the glass.

Step 06

Paloma Step Six

Gently emulsify (so as not to lose the bubbles in the soda) the ingredients by swirling the barspoon around the sides of the glass.

Step 07

Paloma Step Seven

With the help of fruit tweezers, garnish the cocktail with a slice of lime and it's ready to be served.


Although the paternity of the drink is attributed to Don Javier Delgado Corona (famous for having created the batanga, another typical Mexican cocktail; owner of the La Capilla bar in the city of Tequila, in the Jalisco region), he has repeatedly denied being the inventor.

What is certain is that in 1955 in Mexico they began to market a series of products including grapefruit soda to be used in long tequila-based cocktails. Subsequently, the recipe of what we know as paloma begins to appear in various books and menus, even if it is mentioned under different names.


For a perfect paloma cocktail always choose a 100% agave tequila because it is softer, with hints of fruit and flowers, certainly more satisfying on the palate than inferior products. If you can't find good quality grapefruit soda, add freshly squeezed juice to soda.


There are no real twists to this cocktail, but you can always experiment by substituting one of the ingredients and creating new combinations. If you prefer tequila vodka, you can opt for a vodka-based palomita. Or you can try a lone ranger: grapefruit soda is replaced with a dry brut rosé, lemon juice takes the place of lime in addition to sugar syrup to balance the acidity.


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Ivan Della Nave

Ivan Della Nave

Born in 1994, Ivan Della Nave was fascinated by art and passionate about photography from a very young age.