Paloma, a mexican classic | Giovanni Ceccarelli

Paloma, a mexican classic


If you are looking for a refreshing cocktail, you’ll like the Paloma. It is a traditional Mexican cocktail with Tequila, lime juice and grapefruit soda.


  • 50ml (1¾ oz) Tequila blanco 100% agave
  • 15ml (½ oz) Fresh lime juice
  • 90ml (3 oz) Grapefruit soda


  • 35 cl highball glass
  • Bar spoon
  • Lime squeezer
  • Jigger


Fill the glass with ice and pour in all the ingredients. Gently mix with the bar spoon and decorate with a slice of grapefruit.


If you want, you can also add a pinch of salt to the drink. This ingredient is indicated in many Paloma recipes and many bartender suggest its use. In this case I recommend, as first thing, to dissolve the salt in the lime juice in the glass, before adding the ice and other ingredients. Salt enhances the taste of the drink and mitigates the intensity of bitter taste[1].


Use a good 100% agave Tequila such as Ocho, Calle 23, Espolòn, Herradura, Don Julio, Arette or Tapatio. Tequila 100% agave is fruity and floral, less harsh than the mixto. It is the best expression of Mexican spirit.

For grapefruit soda, you can use the one produced by Schweppes or prepare it home-made. A yellow grapefruit soda makes the drink more citric and bitter than a pink grapefruit soda. If you want to find out how to make grapefruit soda click here.

Happy mixing,

[1]Breslin, P., & Beauchamp, G. (1996). Salt enhances flavour by suppressing bitterness. Nature, 387(5), 1-2.


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