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Paloma
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The Paloma cocktail is a refreshing and citrusy drink that originates from Mexico. It is said to be named after La Paloma (the dove), a popular folk song in Mexico. ... more The Paloma cocktail is a refreshing and citrusy drink that originates from Mexico. It is said to be named after La Paloma (the dove), a popular folk song in Mexico. The combination of lemon juice, tequila, and grapefruit juice creates a tangy and slightly bitter flavor profile, balanced out by the addition of soda water and a touch of salt. The cocktail is typically served over ice, making it perfect for a hot summer day. The grapefruit juice gives the drink a beautiful pink color, making it visually appealing as well. Whether enjoyed at a beachside bar or at a backyard barbecue, the Paloma is a popular choice among cocktail enthusiasts and is often considered a more refreshing alternative to the classic Margarita.
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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Paloma balances tangy citrus with bittersweet grapefruit and a crisp tequila base; a pinch of salt draws out the zestful flavors, making it a vibrant and refreshing choice for sunny days. This cocktail presents an alluring pink hue and a fizzy finish that sustains its light and spirited character.

Method
How to make a Paloma

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Mix tequila, lemon juice and salt in a glass over ice
Top up with equal parts of grapefruit and soda water and stir
Garnish with a couple of lime wedges and serve
~ If this mixture tastes too salty add sugar syrup to balance the flavour. ~

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Paloma cocktail?

The Paloma is a popular Mexican cocktail with somewhat unclear origins. Some believe it was created by Don Javier Delgado Corona, owner of La Capilla bar in Tequila, Mexico. However, its true origins remain somewhat of a mystery, with no definitive creation story. What's known is that the drink has been widely enjoyed in Mexico for decades and has gained international popularity for its refreshing taste.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different type of citrus instead of lemon juice in a Paloma?

Yes, while traditional Paloma recipes call for grapefruit juice, lemon juice is already a variation. Typically, you can also use lime juice as an alternative to lemon juice, which brings a tart and bright flavor closer to the classic Paloma taste profile. Experimenting with different citrus juices can add a unique twist to the cocktail.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal way to serve a Paloma?

A Paloma is best served in a highball glass, filled with ice. For an authentic touch, rim the glass with salt before adding the ingredients. Pour the tequila, lemon or grapefruit juice, and top off with soda water. Gently stir to combine. This method ensures a cold, refreshing drink ideal for warm weather.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What garnishes work well with a Paloma?

For a Paloma, garnishes that complement its citrus profile are ideal. A slice or wedge of grapefruit, a lime wheel, or even a sprig of fresh mint can add both visual appeal and aromatic depth to the cocktail. These garnishes enhance the drink's refreshing qualities and add a pop of color.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in a Paloma compare to other cocktails?

The alcohol content in a Paloma depends largely on the ratio of tequila to the other non-alcoholic ingredients like grapefruit juice and soda water. Generally, a Paloma is considered to have a moderate alcohol content compared to other cocktails. For instance, it's typically lower in alcohol than a straight-up Margarita but higher than a light spritz. However, the Paloma's strength can be adjusted based on personal preference.

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