When you think of Mexican cocktails, you likely envision classic lime margaritas. However, La Paloma, which is Spanish for dove, might even be more popular than the margarita in Mexico. Made with tequila, grapefruit soda and lime juice, the Paloma boasts a sweet and zesty flavor with a smooth finish.
This Paloma cocktail recipe is easy to master and fabulous at any time of the year, but especially good on Cinco de Mayo.
How to Make a Paloma Cocktail
What You’ll Need
- Coarse sea salt
- 1-1/2 ounces tequila
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- 1/2 cup grapefruit soda (Some of our favorites are IZZE, Fresca, Jarritos and San Pellegrino.)
- Lime wedge
Step 1: Rim the Glass
Gently moisten the rim of a highball glass with water or fresh lime juice. Pour a bit of the sea salt onto a flat, clean surface (such as a plate or cutting board). Dip the glass into the salt lip-side-down to evenly coat the rim in salt.
Step 2: Shake and Pour
Add a few ice cubes to the glass. In a cocktail shaker, combine a dash of salt, the tequila and lime juice. Pour the drink into the glass, then slowly top with the grapefruit soda.
Step 3: Top It Off
Garnish with a lime wedge and a light sprinkling of more salt, if desired.
Of course, knowing how to make a Paloma doesn’t stop us from wanting to make a margarita, too. Here’s our simple recipe for margaritas on the rocks or blended.
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