For a refreshing, thirst quenching tequila cocktail, the Paloma is definitely at the top of the list and it's a favorite in Mexico. This is a light, fruity drink with a great fizz and one of the smoothest tequila drinks out there.
When you're ready to give your favorite Margarita a break, go ahead and mix up a Paloma. Trust me, you'll love it!
- If desired, rim a collins glass with salt.
- Fill the glass with ice and add the tequila and lime juice.
- Top it off with grapefruit soda.
Tequila and Grapefruit
Two elements are essential in any Paloma recipe: tequila and grapefruit. Traditionally, grapefruit soda is used and Jarritos is the most popular brand (their grapefruit is labeled as Toronja). It's not too hard to find the Mexican soda, especially if you look at markets that sell international food (when you find it, pick up a bottle of their tamarind soda - again, trust me).
If Jarritos cannot be found, Squirt is a grapefruit soda that is everywhere. For those who want to get their Paloma to a whole new level, check out the grapefruit sodas from boutique brands like Q Drinks.
Let's not forget the tequila! Choose a great blanco tequila for the best Paloma and if you're in the mood to splurge, reposados are nice as well. Just make sure that you fight the temptation to play the cheapskate simply because this is a tall drink. The same quality rules you apply to the Margarita should apply to your Palomas as well.
Once you learn to love the Paloma, you will want to get a taste of the Cantarito. That drink is just as refreshing, it simply builds on the citrus.
A Revised Paloma Recipe
The recipe above is considered to be the original way to make a Paloma. In the wild world of drinks, you can only imagine that a drink this popular has been made over more than a few times. The following recipe has become one of the popular renditions.
You will notice that in this Paloma recipe, the soda and citrus ingredients have been flipped. Instead of a grapefruit soda, grapefruit juice is used. That requires a different soda to be brought into the mix and, in this case, club soda is called upon.
All of the great Paloma flavors remain, this recipe is just a different way to get the same results. I enjoy the original Paloma a little more, yet, if I were in the mood for the drink and had no grapefruit soda, I would absolutely turn to the grapefruit juice in my fridge.
To make this drink, simply mix 2 ounces each of tequila and grapefruit juice with 1/2 ounce lime juice. Fill the ice-filled glass with club soda.
How Strong is the Paloma?
Your Paloma can be as strong or as weak as you choose to make it, it all depends on how much soda you pour. Let's take the average and assume we pour 5-ounces of soda and use an 80-proof tequila. In this case, this tall drink is a very mild 10% ABV (20 proof). That makes this equal to the average glass of wine, so Salud!