Paloma cocktail

Paloma cocktail: the recipe for the ideal Mexican drink for an aperitif

The Paloma cocktail is a fresh and fruity Mexican drink based on tequila, lime juice and grapefruit soda, to which you add a pinch of salt, to make it even more pleasant.

This is the classic aperitif cocktail, very popular in Mexico, which you can however consume at any time of the day: just dose the amount of tequila to get a lighter and more thirst-quenching drink for the afternoon, or increase the quantity to make an aperitif from the more intense flavour and with higher alcohol content. Regarding the origin of the Paloma cocktail, it is said that it was invented by Don Javier Delgado Corona, owner and bartender of La Capilla, in Tequila. Here’s how to prepare it perfectly in no time.

Ready in: 10 minutes


SALT UP 1 pinch (optional)

How to prepare the Paloma cocktail

Obtain the juice from the lime and strain it (1). Add the salt to the juice and mix to dissolve it. Pour the ice into a low tumbler (2) or a high-necked Collins glass and add the tequila, lime juice and soda. Gently mix with a bar spoon and serve immediately with a slice of lime. Your Paloma cocktail is ready to be enjoyed (3).


You can omit the salt if you don’t like it, but it is an important element in binding tequila and lime juice. You can also replace the pink grapefruit soda with the yellow grapefruit soda: the pink soda will give a more delicate and aromatic taste to the drink, compared to the yellow grapefruit soda; then choose which one to use with respect to the nuance you want to give to your cocktail.

If you want to give an aromatic touch to your Paloma cocktail, you can add a sprig of rosemary at the end of the preparation and mix it gently.

If you love tequila-based cocktails, in addition to the famous Margarita, try also the tequila sunrise, with orange juice and grenadine, served with candied cherry and orange slice.

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