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Two peach-coloured cocktails in short glasses with salted rims and a wedge of grapefruit

Paloma cocktail

Published: February 9, 2022 at 11:13 am
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 1

The margarita's softer, breezier cousin – this tequila-based cocktail makes a great sip for the summer months, starring refreshing grapefruit

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Mix up a refreshing Paloma cocktail, then check out our classic margarita cocktail, daiquiri, sex on the beach and more summer cocktail recipes,

Our drinks expert, Hannah Guinness, shares her at-home bar tips to help you take your paloma to the next level.

What is a paloma?

Think of this refreshing, cooling Mexican cocktail as a breezier cousin of the margarita, featuring tequila and tart grapefruit.

Paloma ingredients

A blanco tequila is best for this cocktail but a lightly aged reposado tequila would also work. We’ve tried and tested the best tequilas here, check out the results. A grapefruit soda is classically used in a paloma but we’ve opted for fresh grapefruit juice to maximise those tart citrus notes – just remember to add sparkling water as the drinks needs fizziness.

Bar hacks and garnishes

We’ve included a salt rim in this recipe – a chilli salt rim would also be delicious or try adding a pinch of salt directly to the drink for a saline hint that matches well with the tequila. As this is a long drink serve a paloma in a tall highball glass or generously sized tumbler.

Ingredients

  • 1 lime
  • flaked sea salt, a pinch
  • 50ml blanco tequila
  • 50ml pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • a handful ice cubes, for shaking
  • sparkling water, to top up
  • wedge of grapefruit, to serve

Method

  • STEP 1

    Cut the lime and run it around the rim of a chilled highball glass. Put some salt in a small dish and upturn the glass to coat the rim in the salt.

  • STEP 2

    Put the tequila, grapefruit juice, 1 tbsp of juice from the lime and the agave syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.

  • STEP 3

    Strain into the glass, top up with sparkling water and garnish with a wedge of grapefruit.

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