The paloma is a classic Mexican cocktail that is perfectly fresh, sweet, salty, and sour! It’s a combination of grapefruit juice, lime juice, tequila, and agave syrup that come together beautifully to form the perfect summer cocktail.
Ever heard of the paloma cocktail? Me neither until a few days ago, but I’m in love! The paloma is actually the national cocktail of Mexico. That’s right, it’s not the margarita! This is shocking, I know. But the paloma might actually be better. It’s a perfectly refreshing summer drink that is traditionally made with tequila, grapefruit soda, and lime juice.
In Mexico, grapefruit sodas that are frequently used are Jarritos, Squirt, Ting, or Fresca. These can be found in most Mexican grocery stores in the US. This recipe is a variation on that traditional Mexican drink. Instead of grapefruit soda we use fresh grapefruit juice and sparkling water. It’s a lighter, fresher version that is still sweet and bubbly and just as delicious!
As for the origins of the paloma… well, nobody seems to know. It seems to have come about in the 1950s. Some theorize it was created by a famous bartender from that era, Don Javier Delgado Corona. “La paloma” means dove, and it could be associated with a folk song of the same name that is well known in Mexico. Or, it could be a take on “pomelo,” the Spanish word for grapefruit. Or it could be a combination of all three. Paloma is also the name of Picasso’s daughter. This appears to be unrelated to the drink but is just a fun fact!
We may never know for sure, but what we do know that this drink is delicious.
Hey, I'm Sarah
My favorite things to do are eat, travel, bake, and drink coffee! I love bringing retro and classic recipes back to life and making baking easy and fun.
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