Turn your favorite tequila into a vibrant concoction that goes down easy. Top it off with a little sparkling water for a pop of fizz, and you've got yourself a sophisticated yet easy-to-make Paloma cocktail.
What is a Paloma Cocktail?
A classic Paloma drink is tequila-based with other common ingredients, including lime juice, grapefruit juice, and soda. It’s typically served over ice with a lime wedge and salt around the rim of the glass as an option.
Made with just 5 key ingredients, you can have this cocktail ready to serve in a matter of minutes. Rim the glass with tequila salt and garnish with a wedge of lime and sprig of rosemary for added visual effect!
What is the Difference Between a Paloma and a Cantarito?
Although both are delicious, the main difference between a Paloma and a Cantarito cocktail is that the Paloma cocktail is simpler since the latter adds orange juice and lemon juice. Apart from this, the rest of the ingredients are the same.
What does a Paloma cocktail taste like?
I love the sweetness and slightly sour combination of this tequila cocktail. It's slightly bitter/tangy and salty if you rim your glass. Most of all, it's an epic citrus combination that tastes incredibly refreshing.
How is a Paloma different from a Margarita?
I like to think of this Paloma cocktail as the more interesting cousin of the Classic Margarita. That said, there are some differences, such as a Margarita only has lime juice in the cocktail, while a Paloma cocktail has both lime and Grapefruit juice, which adds a bit more sweetness and tangy flavors.
In addition, a Paloma has a bit of sparkling water, making it a longer cocktail with a fizzy and refreshing feel.
Mixing up these 5 simple ingredients has become one of my recent go-to ways to shake up my taste buds. Measurements are in the recipe card but this is why each of these turn into citrusy bliss:
- Blanco or Silver Tequila: use your favorite brand, don't use the cheap stuff.
- Grapefruit juice and lime juice: freshly squeezed is best.
- Simple syrup: or honey. Optional for added sweetness.
- Sparking water: This adds a pop of fizz when topping the cocktail glass.
- Ice: best served chilled.
- Salt: optional for rimming.
- Lime wedge: For garnish.
How to Make a Paloma Cocktail
Making a Paloma cocktail at home is super simple. There's no need to save this drink for going out and having a bartender make it because making it at home is simple with these easy steps:
- Prep the Glass
Salted or unsalted, that's up to you.
Fill the shaker with the cocktail ingredients and ice. You'll not only want a nicely chilled drink but also even mixing.
Pretend you're your own bartender at home.
- Serve & Garnish
Pour this incredible cocktail over ice in your prepared glass and garnish it with other citrus slices.
The Best Kind of Tequila for Palomas
This Paloma recipe works best with Silver or Blanco tequila, both of which are affordable and easy to find wherever liquor is sold. Some of my favorite tequilas for this type of cocktail and margaritas are Patrón Silver, Casamigos Blanco, and Espolón Blanco.
How to Serve a Classic Paloma Cocktail
Rim the glass with tequila salt and garnish with a fresh wedge of grapefruit or lime. Up the fancy game with a sprig of rosemary!
Classic Paloma Cocktail Recipe
- 2 ounces grapefruit juice
- 2 ounces tequila, Blanco or Silver
- ½ ounce lime juice
- ½ ounce simple syrup or honey, (optional)
- 2 ounces sparkling water, to top off
- lime or grapefruit wedge, for garnish
- salt, for rimming
- If you enjoy a salted rim, prep the rim of your glass by rubbing a lime wedge along the rim. Dip in tequila salt, and set aside.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add grapefruit juice, tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup or honey (if using). Shake well until the sides are fully frosted.
- Fill your glass with ice and pour the cocktail through the strainer into your glass.
- Garnish with a lime wedge (or grapefruit wedge) and rosemary to make it extra.